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|L'AMORE (WAYS OF LOVE) (director/writer: Roberto Rossellini; screenwriter: Tullio Pinelli/The Human Voice a play by Jean Cocteau/The Miracle a story by Federico Fellini; cinematographers: Aldo Tonti/Robert Juillard; editor: Eraldo Da Roma; music: Renzo Rossellini; cast: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini; Runtime: 69; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Roberto Rossellini; Janus Films; 1948-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
shorts get great performances by Magnani."
by Dennis Schwartz
great Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini
("Stromboli"/"Paisa"/"Open City") directs a film that
is based on two short stories. The first is a one-act
play by Jean Cocteau entitled The
Human Voice and the second is a controversial
religious story by Federico Fellini, The
Miracle, that was banned by the Catholic Church in
America, due to outcries by the Catholic
Legion of Decency, for a number of
Human Voice Anna Magnani plays a desperate
society woman unsuccessfully begging on the
phone her lover not to dump her for another
woman, in a conversation only heard from her
side. It's based on a play by Jean Cocteau.
Miracle Anna Magnani plays a
simple-minded naive goat-herder who thinks the
silent stranger (Federico Fellini)
offering her wine while she tends to her goats
is St. Joseph and awakens to find the stranger
gone and that she's pregnant. It results in the
locals mocking her piety, while the devout
peasant believes the baby she is carrying is
Jesus. It's based on a suggestion by Federico Fellini.
Both shorts get great
performances by Magnani, but The Miracle had
more depth as a character study and caught my
REVIEWED ON 1/29/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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