I teased in the last post I would elaborate on why I kinda adore Sophia Loren right now. I watched the Italian film "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" last weekend, and I found it perfect. It was funny, romantic, stylish, and so ... Italian.
It reminded me a bit of "Paris, Je T'aime," or "New York, I love You," because it contained three mini story lines. Only here, the cast remained consistent as the movie covered three different women (played by Sophia), and their men. Marcello Mastroianni (known for "8 1/2," "La Dolce Vita," "Marriage, Italian Style," among others) plays the the main male roles. The first story follows a woman who avoids jail time by continually having children, the second shows a neglected businessman's wife and her affair with an artist, and the third (also my favorite), develops Sophia's character as a prostitute who befriends her neighbor, a seminary student.
Throughout, Sophia and Mastroianni keep chemistry on screen. I believed they were a couple in each story. They were funny, romantic, feisty, and sexy. In one story, their altercation almost made me cry, and in another, Sophia's striptease for Mastroianni's character left me cracking up. They made me excited to watch them. I wanted to see how their characters fit, and how they ended together. Sophia, of course, gave three notable performances. If anyone had screen presence, she did. She conveyed every emotion I can think of in this movie, and slid easily into each character.
Not to mention, she rocked some fabulous fashion! She looked amazing in the peasant dresses, fur coats, and bustiers her characters required.
Here is a great scene!
And, the trailer:
I suggest you watch this, if you get a chance! It's a wonderful weekend movie.