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Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Luchino Visconti's early films is this hilarious comedy, tailored to the talents of Anna Magnani, about a working-class woman who is determined to get her plain seven-year-old daughter into movies. A wonderful send-up of the Italian film industry and the illusions that it fosters, delineated in near-epic proportions with style and brio (1951). With Walter Chiari and Alessandro Blasetti. (Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday, May 27, 6:00, and Thursday, June 1, 8:00, 443-3737)

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