THE WITCHES (1967)
LE STREGHE
1967, Park Circus/MGM, 121 min, Dir: Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti

Some of the greatest figures of postwar Italian cinema directed this anthology film, which is composed of five separate segments ranging from comedy to drama. The international cast includes Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot, Alberto Sordi and Silvana Mangano.


BELLISSIMA
1951, Movietime, 108 min, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Anna Magnani is unforgettable as Maddalena, a working-class Italian convinced that her daughter could be the next Shirley Temple in this neorealist dramedy. Against the advice of her husband (Gastone Renzelli), Maddalena spends a small fortune on clothes, hairstyling, ballet lessons and anything that might give little Maria (Tina Apicella) the edge in auditions – only to discover that the movie business isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Real-life director Alessandro Blasetti plays himself in the film, which reportedly was inspired when Visconti cast a child’s role in an earlier production and was deluged by stage mothers.


BICYCLE THIEVES
LADRI DI BICICLETTE
1948, Corinth Films, 93 min, Italy, Dir: Vittorio de Sica

When Antonio has his invaluable bicycle stolen on the first day of a job that is vital to the welfare of his family, he and his son, Bruno, spend an unforgettable day searching the streets of Rome for it. One of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism. In Italian with English subtitles.


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