Tyler, Parker
October 1953
New Republic;10/5/53, Vol. 129 Issue 10, p20
Entertainment Review
The article provides information on the recent Italian films. The metaphor of the life-blood is very worthy of the Italian revival, whose first impetus followed the war. "Lifeblood" expresses the values of Curzio Malaparte's "Strange Deception," which, without previous experience in the medium, the Italian novelist wrote and directed with amazing art, literally contributing his own music to what is a phenomenally "musical" treatment of motion pictures. The six episodes of Anna Magnani's "Times Gone By," with a framing story, a balletic introduction, and a revue-like song number, runs from strict folk comedy to post-Ibsen domestic tragedy. Perhaps the most happily contrived of all "omnibus" films, its grace consists mostly in a forthright grasp of costume-feeling and a perished sense of manners, portrayed, as a rule, with nostalgic satire and a refreshing elegance.


Related Articles

  • THE AWAKENING.  // New Yorker;3/8/1958, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p14 

    The article reviews the motion picture "The Awakening," directed by Mario Camerini and starring Anna Magnani.

  • Two Imports.  // Time; 

    The article reviews the films "The Seven Deadly Sins," starring Franchise Rosay and "Strange Deception," directed by Curzio Malaparte.

  • STRANGE DECEPTION (Film).  // New Yorker;9/29/86, Vol. 62 Issue 32, p28 

    Reviews the film, "Strange Deception," directed by Curzio Malaparte, starring Raf Vallone and Alain Cuny.

  • Bellissima. Brooke, Michael // Sight & Sound;Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p85 

    A review of the DVD release of the film "Bellissima," directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Anna Magnani is presented.

  • The New Pictures.  // Time;6/15/1953, Vol. 61 Issue 24, p106 

    The article reviews several films including "Times Gone By," starring Aldo Fabrizi and Gina Lollobrigida, "Volcano," directed by William Dieterle and starring Anna Magnani, and "Tonight at 8:30," directed by Anthony Pelissier.

  • MOVIES: Women in Trouble. Hatch, Robert // New Republic;6/6/49, Vol. 120 Issue 23, p28 

    Focuses on the work of various women actresses. Qualities of Italian actress Anna Magnani; Performance of Magnani in "Woman Trouble"; Role of Magnani in the motion picture "The Bandit"; Similarity between the two films; Theme of the film "The Bandit" based on crime-with-sex-with-sentimentality;...

  • Miracle worker. Chase, Donald // Film Comment;Nov/Dec93, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p42 

    Reports on the career of Anna Magnani. Characterizations of roles in `Open City,' `Anna Christie,' `The Miracle' and `The Golden Coach'; Magnani's discussion of her craft; Synopsis of Magnani's movies; Magnani's entry into Hollywood; Critics' views of Magnani's acting.

  • The Construction and Reception of Anna Magnani in Italy and the English-Speaking World, 1945-1988. Mitchell, Tony // Film Criticism;Fall89, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p2 

    The article focuses on the life and works of Anna Magnani, an Academy Award-winning Italian stage and film actress. She was regarded as a unique figure in Italian cinema, as well as in international cinema, for her series of realistic and unglamourized roles. She had made fifty films, in which...

  • CURRENT & CHOICE.  // Time;6/22/1953, Vol. 61 Issue 25, p90 

    The article reviews several films including "Julius Caesar," starring Marlon Brando and James Mason, "Strange Deception," directed by Curzio Malaparte, and "Stalag 17," directed by Billy Wilder.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics