Bien sûr, nous sommes loin des chefs-d'oeuvre néo-réalistes du facétieux metteur en scène, tournés après-guerre et la vague (vogue) déferlante des films à sketches transalpins n'incite pas aux créations cinématographiques inoubliables. Mais ne boudons pas notre éphémère et futile plaisir, Marcello Mastroianni reste incontournable avec son jeu tout en finesse et en rigueur. www.cinefiches.com
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.
Good late-period De Sica, with a fine story by frequent collaborator Cesare Zavattini for the third act and De Sica's trademark long tracking shots and images of Italy that are far from tourist attractions. As usual, Loren and Mastroianni are sexually combustible. While no Bicycle Thieves, the wispy film does have an element of satire in each story, pointing at the working class, the wealthy and religion.
IERI, OGGI, DOMANI is a profoundly Italian vignette. Starring the iconic pair Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren, the film is a lovely anthology about sexuality and love all’italiana. Loren steals the spotlight as she exudes sex appeal and elegance, while bringing to life the characters of strong women. The film is not only amusing and cute, but De Sica’s portrayal of Italian culture is not lacking social critique
A classic, theatrical masterpiece from the 60’s directed by Vittorio De Sica who gives the charming Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni the entire beautiful canvas of Italy to showcase their archetypical personalities. This film playfully engages and entertains with three separate stories that reveal the starring actors’ wide range of talent: a married couple, a pair of lovers, and a prostitute with her client.
Vittorio De Sica is my favorite Italian director of all times. He infuses even this comedy with profound observations about Italian culture, class, solidarity, religion, politics, sexuality, and more. Sophia Loren is so outstanding, Marcello Mastroianni can only be her sidekick. She is incredibly powerful, and truly subversive as the poor mother of 7 children supporting her unemployed husband. Recommended!
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.