Festival Ciné Junior : Édition 2012
By Luchino Visconti

Age 9+
Fiction / Italy / 1951 / 1h53 / black and white / VOSTF
Screenplay : Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Francesco Rosi, Luchino Visconti
Cinematographer : Piero Portalupi, Paul Ronald
Editing : Mario Serandrei
Soundtrack : Franco Mannino
Cast : Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella

A competition is organised at Cinecitta to find a child to star for a new film by the director Blasetti. All the mothers in search of fame and riches turn up on the day with their daughters. With her natural charm, the young Maria seduces the jury and is chosen to be amongst the finalists. When her mother, Maddalena, realises that the winner will be decided depending on each person’s connections she doesn’t hesitate to give all of her savings to Annovazi, the director’s assistant, in order to gain her support.

Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti (1906 - 1976) was born to an aristocratic family in Lombardy. In his youth he was an assiduous opera goer, and took care of the family stables. His family were influential patrons of the arts, and regularly received visits from actors and other cultural figures. His career in cinema began in 1936, when he was employed as assistant director and costume artist on two films by Jean Renoir. Visconti was deeply influenced by realist cinema when he directed his first feature film Ossessione (1942). His film Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960), was one of his greatest successes and won the special prize at the Venise Mostra. Il Gattopardo (1963), a magnificent costume drama, was widely acclaimed and received the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival. One of the founders of neorealism, Visconti’s
filmography is incredibly diverse, and has made him a legend of cinema.

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