A small town at the turn of the century. Lawer Fredrik Egerman has an ingénue-wife, Anne, and a grown-up son, Henrik, from an earlier marriage. His wife is still untouched, and instead he ... See full summary »
When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can't possibly know that this will have ... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica,
Attempting to impress his ideologies on religion, relationships, and the randomness (and worthlessness) of existence, lifelong New York resident Boris Yellnikoff rants to anyone who will ... See full summary »
Three different stories of Italian social mores are presented. In "Adelina", unemployed Carmine Sbaratti and his wife Adelina Sbaratti survive through Adelina selling black market cigarettes on the street. They are unable to pay for the furniture they bought (which is under Adelina's name), but are able to avoid the bailiff when he comes for the money or to repossess. They come up with a longer term solution to avoid Adelina being prosecuted for non-payment, but that solution has a profound effect on the family, especially Carmine. In "Anna", Anna Molteni, the spoiled wife of a successful businessman, and an artist named Renzo are on the cusp of an affair. Anna is feeling neglected in the marriage, as her husband seems more concerned about success and money than her. But a car accident shows both Anna and Renzo if an affair with each other is really what they want. In "Mara", Mara is a prostitute who works out of her apartment. She befriends Umberto, a young man visiting his ... Written by
The limousine featured in part II ("Anna") was a 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Convertible. See more »
As Anna and Renzo talk while driving, the windshield of her Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II shakes because the little side windows are gone, but the little side windows are intact in the wide shots. See more »
Oscar-winning Italian film from Vittorio De Sica, wildly overrated in its day, now a faded piece of fluff. Three portraits of Italian womanhood, each featuring Sophia Loren in the lead: Adelina is a saleswoman on the black market who dodges the police through pregnancy (they can't lock her up if she's with child), resulting in seven bambinos and bambinas; Anna is the wealthy wife of an industrialist at an impasse with her frustrated lover; Mara is a prostitute who becomes involved in the troubles of her neighbors, which frustrates her horny client waiting in the bedroom. Marcello Mastroianni plays the men in Loren's lives, however the expected sparks between the two charismatic stars fail to arrive (this seems a perfunctory screen-combination). Giuseppe Rotunno's cinematography is especially pretty in the third chapter (by far the best of the lot), and Armando Trovajoli has composed a nice background score; otherwise, a surprisingly unfunny tease, with more shouting than lovemaking. ** from ****
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