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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (15)

Comedy Couples


Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in fourteen films together, none more fast and funny than the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Two of Italy’s greatest stars play three very different couples across three cities in this fast-moving anthology from Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves, Two Women).

In Adelina of Naples, Sophia Loren plays a woman desperate to avoid jail by continually have children, to the exhaustion of her husband (Marcello Mastroianni). In Anna of Milan, she plays a super-rich woman having a tumultuous affair. In Mara of Rome, she’s a sex worker, he’s a frustrated regular client.

While each section has moments of magic, it’s the final tale that is the most famous, with Mastroianni howling like a wolf as Loren strips, in a surprisingly raunchy scene for the era. While some of the humour is of its time, the two leads keep the comedy fresh and funny. The film won the Oscar® for best foreign language film, while Mastroianni won a BAFTA®.

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Italy 1963 Dir Vittorio De Sica 118 min

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