Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in Leri, Oggi, Domani, 1963 (aka Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow). Dir. Vittorio De Sica.
This film is a portmanteau composed of three separate films, each of which involve Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni as lovers in vastly different circumstances. Loren’s three protagonists range from a Vatican-approved baby factory to a stunning rich bitch to a happy hooker. In the first segment Loren portrays a woman who resolves to remain serially pregnant to avoid arrest for not paying her bills. Her husband, Mastroianni, becomes quite worn out fulfilling his paternal obligations. In the second segment Loren is the spoiled wife of a rich industrialist who keeps Mastroianni as an expendable play thing. In the final segment Loren is a high-priced call girl and Mastroianni is one her clients. Mastroianni’s feverish ardour is repeatedly stifled by Loren’s involvement in an on-going domestic crisis in her landlady’s family over a grandson who is renouncing his plans to become a priest due to infatuation with Loren. In all three films Loren is her usual strong-willed, beautiful self, and Mastroianni is an endearing foil for Loren’s combination of charm and determination.