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Friday, June 15, 2012

Ieri, Oggi, Domani (aka Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow) (1963)

Three vignettes courtesy of Vittorio De Sica starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. In ADELINA, a woman (Loren) is in a continual state of pregnancy to avoid a jail term. Meanwhile, her poor husband (Mastroianni) is physically exhausted from being used as a stud. In ANNA, an affair between a wealthy woman (Loren) and a struggling writer (Mastroianni) only accents the class and ideological differences between the two. In MARA, a call girl (Loren) puts off one of her customers (Mastroianni) in order to help put a seminary student (Gianni Ridolfi) get back on track. The segments are uneven but none of them are long enough to dampen the film. Overall, it's a delightful piece of fluff with De Sica in a playful mood and, of course, the pairing of Loren and Mastroianni is dripping with chemistry. This is the film with the famous striptease by Loren that was used again by Robert Altman in PRET A PORTER. Giuseppe Rotunno (ALL THAT JAZZ) did the location (Rome, Milan, Naples) cinematography and the charming score is by Armando Trovajoli, who plays the driver taking Loren away in the ANNA segment.

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