Anna

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Sizzling Mangano, whose voluptuousness made her a hit on American screens in Guiseppe De Santis' BITTER RICE, here plays a novitiate nun working in a hospital. Her past catches up with her when her former lover, Vallone, is shot by Gassman, another of her lovers, both having once fought for her favors. While tending the injured Vallone, Mangano relives...read more

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Sizzling Mangano, whose voluptuousness made her a hit on American screens in Guiseppe De Santis' BITTER RICE, here plays a novitiate nun working in a hospital. Her past catches up with her when her former lover, Vallone, is shot by Gassman, another of her lovers, both having once fought

for her favors. While tending the injured Vallone, Mangano relives in flashback her experiences with both men--first Gassman, a brutish, carnal truck driver with an insatiable sex drive who meets her while she is performing sexy dances in a smoky bistro and goes on to mistreat her (much as he did

in BITTER RICE), then Vallone, a good man with the gentle touch. After a series of sordid adventures, the viewer is finally brought back to the present and Mangano's spiritual resolve to become a full-fledged nun. (With her background it's hard to imagine a great many choices.) Solid acting by

Gassman and Vallone and a steamy performance by Mangano (perhaps the most sensuous woman ever to grace Italian cinema) make for some spellbinding moments. (Dubbed in English.)

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  • Review: Sizzling Mangano, whose voluptuousness made her a hit on American screens in Guiseppe De Santis' BITTER RICE, here plays a novitiate nun working in a hospital. Her past catches up with her when her former lover, Vallone, is shot by Gassman, another of her… (more)

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