Sophia Loren comes to Cinema Reborn 2019

Last year it was Australian legend – critic, scholar, actor, director John Flaus, who had the honour of appearing in two of the films we screened at Cinema Reborn.

This year we are going international and the only double appearance will be made by superstar Sophia Loren. Like Flaus last year, it’s thought that Sophia will not be attending. Nevertheless, before we announce the titles, here’s some background about Sophia’s early years in the business.

sofia marcelloLoren’s first film appearances were made in 1950 when she was fifteen going on sixteen.  She had her birthday in September. She was in five films in 1950, seven in 1951, three in 1952 and seven in 1953 including one which has made her famous, the very spicy Two Nights with Cleopatra  directed by Mario Mattoli. The stills of Sophia in a bath are still all over the internet notwithstanding the efforts of her later husband Carlo Ponti to buy up all copies.

Loren’s first starring role was in a version of Puccini’s opera Aida.  She mimed the singing of Renata Tebaldi.

sophia marcello2She appeared in a further eight films in 1954, four in 1955 and one in 1956. From then on her career took off as an international star. She was in three Hollywood studio hits in 1957 – Boy on a Dolphin with Alan Ladd, The Pride and the Passion  with Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant  and Legend of the Lost  with John Wayne.

Cinema Reborn 2019 is heading back to Sophia’s Italian career and reminding us as well of her long collaboration with heartthrob Marcello Mastroianni. That’s not giving much away because Sophia and Marcello made seventeen movies together between 1950 and 1994. In that last film, Robert Altman’s Pret-a-porter they had the audacity to repeat the famous bedroom striptease first seen in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1963.

We wont be showing the first film in which they both appeared Hearts at Sea (Cuori sul mare) a 1950 adventure film in which Mastroianni got fifth billing  and Loren appeared as an uncredited extra.

So that narrows it down to sixteen. Then there will be another. Both have recently been magnificently restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at its L’Immagine Ritrovato laboratory.

Let’s hope that has you guessing…and throbbing with anticipation…..

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