Mangano's next Italian blockbuster was Alberto Lattuada's, Anna. The 1951 drama features an all-star cast with Silvana Mangano leading the pack as Anna, a sinner who becomes a nun along with Raf Vallone as the wealthy man who loves her and Vittorio Gassman as Vittorio, a sly waiter who sends Anna on a dark path. Mangano's real-life sister, Patrizia, played her sister in the film, and Sophia Loren had a small uncredited part as a nightclub worker. Anna became a huge success in Italy and abroad. The Bayon song, El Negro Zumbon, known as Anna in the United States, was featured in the movie. It became a hit song in 1953 and still remains a revered classic in Italy and Spain. Filmmaker Nanni Moretti used the song in his 1993 comedy, Caro diario (Dear Diary). A clip is also featured in Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 classic, Cinema Paradiso.
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She said that although her mother was this incredible sex symbol, behind closed doors, she often seemed sad and depressed. She went on to say, "My family had everything but one thing we did not show was emotion. We didn't talk about emotions." Perhaps it was easier for Mangano to express herself and her emotions through her work and the characters she portrayed.