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Vittorio De Sica,
As has been mentioned before, the sets, the scenery and the cast are beautiful, if mismatched. Sophia Loren is an actress I admire greatly, and one I think is underrated, having been cast in many roles for her looks, but this does her no favours. The story is lightweight, frothy and could have been fun, but the casting is wrong - as someone has mentioned before, she could hardly have been a child of her parents. The 'royals' are a conundrum - when is Hollywood going to learn that royalty don't behave like middle class hosts or hostesses - my shock at hearing Julie Andrews, as the queen in princess diaries say "I must go, I have a press conference, I can't keep them waiting" has never abated, the royals are above all that, and they certainly don't check tables or supplies when hosting a party. I think the casting was definitely a problem, a blend of so many nationalities in supposedly a European country, and while Princess Anne of Great Britain was a great horseman, I can't see it having been permitted when this film was supposedly based.(and the commentator was American?) That aside, the constant irritations of implausibilities and the bad, BAD scripts made this film mostly unwatchable. The American guy was OK (if forgettable), Sophia was OK, as were each of the cast individually,but what they had to deal with was desperate. It's a shame, this could have been highly enjoyable, as much fun as any lightweight film of that era. But someone was very lazy.
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