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Woman of the Red Sea (1953)

Africa sotto i mari (original title)
The troublesome daughter of an American millionaire accompanies him aboard his yacht on a deep sea diving expedition in the Red Sea and falls in love with the captain.

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Giovanni Roccardi

Writers:

Ferdinando Contestabile (dialogue), Alessandro De Stefani (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Sophia Loren ... Barbara Lama
Steve Barclay ... Paolo (as Stephen Barclay)
Umberto Melnati Umberto Melnati ... Sebastiano Lama
Alessandro Fersen Alessandro Fersen ... Prof. Krauss
Antonio Cifariello ... Pierluigi (as Fabio Montale)
Antonio Bardi Antonio Bardi ... Franco
Masino Manunza Masino Manunza ... Masino
Osman Omar Osman Omar ... Ali
Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed ... Hussein
Ahmed Ben Yusuf Ahmed Ben Yusuf ... Kassin
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The troublesome daughter of an American millionaire accompanies him aboard his yacht on a deep sea diving expedition in the Red Sea and falls in love with the captain.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Africa Under the Seas See more »

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Phoenix, Titanus See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Biography: Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style (1997) See more »

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Loren's first tilt at stardom.
22 August 2014 | by michaelt-culliganSee all my reviews

This was the first starring role of the newly renamed Sophia Loren and she was, allegedly, unhappy with the change after working hard to succeed as Sofia Lazzaro. Legend insists that her future husband – Carlo Ponti – was responsible for the change, but it seems more likely that it was the producer of this film, Goffredo Lombardo, who followed the fashion of anglicising her first name and used a variation on the surname of Swedish actress Märta Torén with whom he had worked. The film's plot would not achieve many points for originality: A rich father (Umberto Melnati) lends his yacht to some scientists for an expedition to the Red Sea on condition that they take his rebellious daughter (Loren) along with them. She eventually gets herself into a dangerous situation underwater from which the expedition leader (Steve Barclay) has to save her. The result is somewhat short of surprising. It is, however, fascinating, to see the young Loren accept the mantle and responsibility of being the star of the film with such ease (much of the publicity consisted of distributing photos of a bikini-wearing Loren), which led to much better reviews for her than the film itself received. For a dedicated fan of Sophia Loren, it is probably worth seeking out; for anyone else, it is no different to a lot of other 'B'films of the time.


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