More Than a Miracle is a real curiosity: labelled in production notes as a 'fairy tale for adults,' the production tells a Cinderella story, with some heavy-handed anti-clericalism and anti-monarchism thrown in.

More Than a Miracle is a real curiosity: labelled in production notes as a ‘fairy tale for adults,’ the production tells a Cinderella story, with some heavy-handed anti-clericalism and anti-monarchism thrown in.

Although the fairy tale approach is evident the script defeats itself in part by going too far into reality. Omar Sharif, therefore, is not only handsome, but arrogant, wilful, brutal to his servants; also, the beautiful Sophia Loren, looking a bit uneasy and out of place in peasant weeds, eventually berates Sharif publicly for oppression of the lower classes.

Pic’s fatal flaw is vacillation between pure make-believe, which would have gone over to some degree, and corny political tract which is what one would imagine Snow White to be if produced by Russian filmmakers.

More Than a Miracle

Italy - France

Production

M-G-M. Director Francesco Rosi; Producer Carlo Ponti; Screenplay Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Francesco Rosi; Camera Pasquale De Santis; Editor Jolanda Benvenuti; Music Piero Piccioni; Art Director Piero Poletto

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Sophia Loren Omar Sharif Dolores Del Rio Georges Wilson Leslie French
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