Buy New
$13.92
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
In Stock.
Sold by discountedmediaoutlet and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Bellissima has been added to your Cart
Trade in your item
Get up to a $1.26
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$13.92
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: kylakins
Add to Cart
$13.92
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Media Favorites
Add to Cart
$15.33
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Bellissima

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Mar 13, 2012)
"Please retry"
Subtitled ed.
1
$13.92
$13.92 $14.25
DVD
"Please retry"
1
$9.15 $8.95
DVD
"Please retry"
1
$20.99 $20.98
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy

Geek Boutique 2016 Geek Boutique HQP

$13.92 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details In Stock. Sold by discountedmediaoutlet and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Bellissima
  • +
  • La Terra Trema
  • +
  • Shoeshine
Total price: $41.40
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Oscar® winner Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo) stars as a screen-struck mother, convinced that her daughter's star potential is her ticket to a better life, in a performance that Hollywood legend Bette Davis called "brilliant, uninhibited and full of volcanic, earthy power. " Risking everything in pursuit of her dream, Maddalena (Magnani) finally arranges a screen test for her child, only to realize the cruel reality beneath the shimmering veneer of the filmmaking industry.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari
  • Directors: Luchino Visconti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MHZ32K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 7, 2012
Format: DVD
The post-World War II films that emerged from Italy from the mid-forties to the early fifties represent, to me, one of the strongest and most vital periods of filmmaking ever. Some truly great directors worked within the Italian neorealism film movement, and the gritty and truthful movies they made really captured a country in moral and economic transition. These films were grounded in real characters (often portrayed by non-actors) struggling with relatable problems of every day existence with recurrent themes of poverty and desperation. And yet, they were also filled with such life, passion, and simplicity. Relying on concise storytelling and genuine human emotion, these films just feel inherently real even so many decades later. One of the masters of the period, Luchino Visconti, has two classics being dropped onto the DVD market on the same day: a re-release of 1948's "La Terra Trema" (long out of print) and 1951's "Bellissima" (incredibly getting its North American DVD debut). Of course, anyone with an interest in international cinema should have a particular interest in these titles.

La Terra Trema (4 stars): Of the two films, this might be the purest example of neorealism. The entire film takes place on location in an Italian coastal village. The cast is made up of non-professional actors who really seem to be at one with the material. The lengthy film (2 hours and 40 minutes) charts the disintegration of a typical Sicilian fishing clan. When the family gets tired of being taken advantage of by local wholesalers, they embark on a brave plan to work for themselves and take their product direct to market with no middleman.
Read more ›
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although I am a bonafide fan of neither Luchino Visconti nor neorealism (I prefer surrealism) -- I found this to be one of Visconti's better films (along with "Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli" & "The Damned"). Frankly I watched this picture for Anna Magnani -- Who, as other Amazon reviewers of this product have noted -- Is a tour-de-force here in the role of Maddalena, a hyper-driven stage mother. La Magnani is better in her Italian films than she is in her American ones (IE "The Rose Tattoo", "Orpheus Descending") -- As her charisma finds its ultimate channel via her native language. Although I also enjoyed Magnani in Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Mamma Roma" -- "Bellissima" features the best work of Magnani that I have seen thus far.

My only major criticism of this picture is that certain scenes move quite slowly -- Perhaps in an effort by Visconti to illuminate the characters and to flesh out the context. But this meandering seems unnecessary and / or tedious -- Especially given the straightforward, simple and linear nature of the story. On the other hand -- The film's sometime slowness is most likely a stylistic component of the "realism" (or neorealism).

In closing -- "Bellissima" works well as a cautionary tale concerning: (1) the perils and pitfalls of show business -- With its inherent hustling, cruelty and dishonesty; (2 the negative consequences of an obsession (in this case, Maddalena's) with the fantasy world of cinema; and (3) the danger inherent in the potential exploitation of child actors. All of this being said -- In the end Maddalena sees through the falsity of it all and cuts her losses -- Hopefully having learned a lesson in the process.

Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental"
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Anna Magnani is my favorite actress of all time. She could act more with just her facial expressions than most other actors could combining verbal with body expression. The story is a simple one, a willful stage mother trying to get her young daughter into the movies via a star search contest at Rome's Cinecitta studios. The time is post war Italy, economic recovery is slow and money is scarce. Her husband Spartaaco regards this quest for stardom to be a waste of time but Maddalena pursues it vigorously eventually spending all their savings. There is a pivotal scene where Maddalena is watching her daughters screen test. Here is where Magnani's abiltiy use expression so effectively is most pronounced. Her facial expressions go from happy to confused to angry to resignation as to what is actually going on in the screening. The scene is also a pivitol one to the plot which changes Maddelena so drastically.
I have always been a fan of Italian neo-realist cinema being of Italian descent myself and this film is one of the best. Unfortunately it has not been released in the United States but I have an all regions DVD player. Overall one of Magnami's best efforts and I am so glad to finally be able to experience it.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A wonderful black and white foreign film outstandingly played by Anna Magnani and directed by the renowned italian director Luchino Visconti. Anna was simply volcanic as a determined but dedicated stage mother who stopped at nothing to get her young daughter into the movies during post WW2. Overall an intense but poignant film thanks to the strong willed performance by Magnani.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Bellissima
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Bellissima


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video