The wonders of Italy and Sophia Loren are the objects of intimate attention in this breezy, non-cerebral, three-episoder. All three parts, separate entities save for the fact that they are set in Italy and co-star Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, have been directed with cinematic flair and invested with sensual gusto by Vittorio De Sica.

The wonders of Italy and Sophia Loren are the objects of intimate attention in this breezy, non-cerebral, three-episoder. All three parts, separate entities save for the fact that they are set in Italy and co-star Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, have been directed with cinematic flair and invested with sensual gusto by Vittorio De Sica.

The first episode, Adelina, illustrates the method by which a Neopolitan black-marketeer evades imprisonment over a seven-year span. The law says pregnant women may not be arrested, so she sees to it. This creates an exhausted, mercy-begging husband.

Episode number two, Anna, is a brief interlude [from a short story by Alberto Moravia] describing the abrupt dissolution of an affair between a Milanese Rolls-Royceterer and her lover. Third item, Mara, is the flashiest but hokiest of the three. It explores the adventures in Rome of a lovable prostitute, a fanciful client and a confused young student priest. It amounts to an elaborately contrived excuse to get Loren into a bikini.

Rich production values dress up Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (a meaningless title), a reflection of the astute contributions of such men as photographer Giuseppe Rotunno and composer Armando Trovajoli.

1964: Best Foreign Language Film

Ieri, Oggi, Domani

Italy

Production

Ponti. Director Vittorio De Sica; Producer Carlo Ponti; Screenplay Eduardo De Filippo, Isabella Quarantotti, Cesare Zavattini, Billa Billa; Camera Giuseppe Rotunno; Editor Adriana Novelli; Music Armando Trovajoli; Art Director Ezio Frigerio

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Sophia Loren Marcello Mastroianni Aldo Giuffre Armando Trovajoli Tina Pica Giovanni Ridolfi

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