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C'era una volta (1967)

In 17th century Italy, a Spanish prince, who's searching for a bride, falls in-love with a beautiful local peasant girl.

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (story and screenplay), Raffaele La Capria (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Isabella Candeloro
Omar Sharif ... Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
Georges Wilson ... Jean-Jacques Bouché 'Monzu'
Leslie French Leslie French ... Brother Giuseppe da Copertino
Dolores del Rio ... Queen Mother
Marina Malfatti ... Olimpia Capecelatro, princess of Altamura
Anna Nogara Anna Nogara ... Impatient princess
Rita Forzano Rita Forzano ... Greedy Princess
Rosa María Martín Rosa María Martín ... Pretentious princess (as Rosemary Martin)
Carlotta Barilli Carlotta Barilli ... Superstitious princess
Fleur Mombelli Fleur Mombelli ... Proud princess
Anna Liotti Anna Liotti ... Infanta
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Carpaccio, Rodrigo's servant
Giovanni Tarallo Giovanni Tarallo
Carlo Pisacane ... First witch
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Storyline

A wonderful fairy tale of the misadventures of a beautiful but temperamental Neapolitan peasant, Isabella, when she meets the ill- tempered Spanish Prince Rodrigo Ferrante y Davalos. The King of Spain has ordered Rodrigo to choose a wife among seven Italian Princesses, but he is smitten by the lowly peasant. With the help of both witches and saints, Isabella conquers the heart of her Prince after many amusing events--including an outrageous dishwashing contest of the peasant against the Princesses. Written by A.C. Gaeris <agae@lle.rochester.edu>

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italy | peasant | prince | spain | contest | See All (43) »

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Sophia! Omar! Terrific together as the peasant girl and the prince who tames her! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

19 October 1967 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Happily Ever After See more »

Filming Locations:

Bracciano, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Isabella is at the beach for the first time and encounters the boys, there are 7 of them at first and once she is out of the barrel there are only 6 boys present. See more »

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Featured in Il cineasta e il labirinto (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

More than a Miracle
(Title song)
by Roger Williams, his Orchestra and Chorus
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a lost classic
30 November 2005 | by vc1914See all my reviews

Creepy witches in the bush , evil scary Princesses , Flying Monks, Sofia Loren in a barrel, dish washing competitions and a cast of a thousand chickens. Whats not to like . This is such a way out bizarre take on the fairy princess story it really should be held aloft and worshiped. And for all you sickos Omar Sharif drinks a cup of urine.Strangely enough its a favorite of my whole family.In the early 80's this movie came on every school holidays and then it vanished . It was so strange I almost thought I'd dreamed it, until it resurfaced on TCM. I was quite surprised how well it held up . Like most films watched when your a child the ideas distort, but its just as I remember , the princesses are still as creepy as ever, and the girl still gets the guy . Pleases MGM release it on DVD ya gotta love it


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