Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 9, 1951

Teresa (MGM) is a strange picture, by the usual Hollywood standards. Its hero is an insecure weakling with whom no red-blooded American moviegoer will care to identify himself. Its heavy is that rarely assailed folk heroine, Mom. Its backgrounds (a bombed-out Italian village, a humid Manhattan slum) are as real and painful as a clout on the jaw. Least conventional of all, and the best thing about Teresa, is its heroine, who gives U.S. movies a new kind of personality and performance.

Italy's Pier Angeli, a slender, childlike girl of 18, plays a war...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!