An American and German reviving war memories in Italy with Sophia Loren
The name of Sophia Loren in the cast is enough for you to know for certain that the film is worth watching. Here she is for a change in a hilarious comedy written in a vein of wild good humour by Andrea Forzano, who also dirtects the film. Madame Dalia and her equally elderly accomplice Constantin have rented a villa on the sea to run a clandestine gambling club, but the police are after them. There is a great conference event in town for "The Pilgrims of Love" for an annual festival, and some members are awarded some chalices of honour, a Japanese, a German and an American. After the occasion, the American and German find themselves in the same coach heading for the same place. It so happens, that they both served in the war and stayed at the same place, which they now have a rare chance of revisiting after seven years. They lived in the same room but in different periods, but they were both enamoured with a beautiful picture on the wall named 'Giulietta', and although none of them ever saw her in reality, they have both dreamed of her ever since. The house happens to be the gambling den of Madame Dalia, and she sees an opportunity. She pretends this Giulietta was her niece and sends her partner Constantin to town to fetch someone like her. That's where Sophia Loren enters the picture. She is a fresh vulgar girl from Rome who happens to know some French. When she appears live in the villa, both the German Sigmund and the American Bill see the dream of their lives come true, and both want to marry her. Naturally there are fights between them, which complicates matters. That is how it begins.
Without being mean, the film makes hilarious fun of the German and the American, Bill buys her a horse, which bolts, and Sigmund takes her out on a fishing ordeal, which makes her seasick and gives her a tremendous cold. There are other complications as well.
The tempo and conversation is very fast all through the film, things are happening all the time, but if you can follow the havoc and know some Italian, the film will give you enormous pleasure, especially by the acting of Sophia Loren, which always is superb.
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