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Bette Davis and Anna Magnani


Visconti's film,BELLISSIMA which barely broke into a few small art houses in the U.S. was sought out by Bette Davis who called Anna Magnani's performance "brilliant, uninhibited and full of volcanic, earthy power. "

Davis was a great fan of Magnani and some of her own 'over the top roles' deserve a reassessment such as Baby Jane and her much ridiculed Rosa Moline in Beyond the Forest. Try to picture Magnani doing an Italian version of Beyond he Forest and you will see how good Bette is here.

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