Of Magnani and Masina

Roberto Rossellini’s 1948 film L’amore declares itself “an homage to the art of Anna Magnani,” which is an apt description. It’s essentially an anthology film, and although it’s only made up of two shorts — Una voce umana (based on Jean Cocteau’s play La Voix humaine) and Il miracolo — it’s convincing proof of Magnani’s talent and range, because the characters she plays in the two pieces are so different and yet both so believable.


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