Anna Magnani top-class professional

Anna Magnani in "Rome, Open City" 1945
Anna Magnani in “Rome, Open City” 1945

It has often been said that Anna Magnani was an instinctive actress. Nothing could be further from the truth. Anna Magnani wasn’t an instinctive actress at all. She was a top-class professional with a polished technique. She knew more about when and when not to use certain types of shot than many film directors. Many times at the end of a sequence I’ve heard the director say: «Fine, that’s perfect» and then seen her turn to him and say that it could be done much better. Even when she read a script she knew exactly what she would be able to get out of the character she was playing and her criticisms were always right to the point and extraordinarily accurate.

Sergio Amidei