One of De Sica's best comedies. Mastroianni and Loren make for a great duo in this trio of vignettes about three different couples all played by Mastroianni and Loren. This is a delightful film and it is always a joy to see Sophia Loren in black lingerie.
Has there ever been a more beautiful screen goddess than Sophia Loren? Loren plays a trio of women from different walks of life in this wonderful film from De Sica that benefits from the obvious chemistry between Loren and Mastroianni. Iconic Oscar winner with may be the most famous strip tease ever filmed. Great scripting in all three tales especially the first and third. Over 50 years old and still steamy.
Enjoyable 60s Italian comedy built around the star presence of Sophia Loren and Marcello Matroianni, both in top form as usual. It's often more mildly amusing than really funny, with the first segment going a bit too far over the top, though the second and third are nice subtle satires. Not quite memorable enough to be a classic, but an entertaining couple of hours with two great stars.
A nimble and energetic comedy from De Sica's post Neorealism, commedia all'italiana period, casts the luminous Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastoianni in 3 different comedic episodes. De Sica proves himself just as adept at wry humor as he is at gritty social commentary. Winner of the 1964 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
A trinity of womanhood (and in some respects masculinity), the three stories deal with very different environments and personalities, but they connect with each other beautifully through sex and how it is used to different ends. Everyday life seeps through the stone facades of Italian cities, and the charming performances of Loren and Mastroianni stylishly capture the essence of their characters.
You can appreciate these three segments for showing the toll money and class can take on relationships. Adelina stuctures her life around monetary needs but lives for love of her family. Anna can’t see how wealth keeps her at an icy remove from her own life. Mara sells sex but doesn’t let it define her. Or you could just enjoy them as funny, well-acted stories filmed in wonderful technicolor.
Obviously the main draw is watching Loren and Mastroianni. I'm also a big fan of Vittorio's tone and ability to create a vibrant social-realism.....so any film set in 1963 Italy with these ingredients is bound to be at least a little mesmerizing. but, all that aside, the vignettes just never took off for me.