La Sciantosa
"La Sciantosa" is an Italian tv movie produced by RAI
RAI — Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A. known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian state owned public service broadcaster controlled by the Ministry of Economic Development. Rai is the biggest television company in Italy...

 television. (Even though, it was filmed in color, back in 1970, RAI's shows were still being shown in black and white, since they didn't convert to color tv until 1977.) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani was an Italian stage and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo....

 played faded singer, Flora, whose career has declined. When she receives an invitation to sing at an army base, she thinks she's singing to the front line soldiers, so she accepts the invitation. She and her assistant, Cristina, played by Rosita Pisano, are met at the train station by Tonino, a young soldier, played by Massimo Ranieri
Massimo Ranieri
Massimo Ranieri , is an Italian pop singer, film and stage actor.He was born in Naples , the fifth of eight children in the family. When he was 10, young Giovanni would sing at restaurants, wedding receptions, etc...

. He then drives the ladies to the army base, and then introduces them to his misfit band of musicians, including a very annoying horn player, who almost causes Flora not to want to sing for the soldiers, and a guitar player, who ruins a march song by blowing a kazoo at the end. Flora's set to take the stage, draped in an Italian flag and wearing a crown. But when the curtain opens, and she sees the severity of some of the soldiers' injuries, she gets instant stage fright. After 2 unsuccessful tries to get her to do the march song, Tonino tells the band to play "'O surdato 'nnammurato
'O surdato 'nnammurato
"'O Surdato 'Nnamurato" is one of the most famous songs ever written in the Neapolitan language. The song is generally regarded as the anthem of S.S.C. Napoli....

", which Anna Magnani beautifully sings the song herself. At that point, she has an epiphany and breaks down. After the performance, the base is under attack, and Tonino helps Flora out of the building. Unfortunately, Flora and Cristina get separated, and towards the end of the movie, Flora realizes how much she mistreated Cristina, and decides to sacrifice herself by shielding Tonino from an enemy plane firing at his car.
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