May 20, 2011

MASTROIANNI LOREN STRIP TEASE

Kino has released Blu-ray editions of three De Sica films starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren! Sunflower (1970), Marriage Italian Style (1964), and my favorite of the bunch, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963). This film sports a trio of short stories, where the two actors play couples from different walks of life. The third sequence contains Sophia Loren's iconic strip-tease that ends unresolved in a comedic twist. The scene was picked up years later when Robert Altman had the pair play it out in his film about the fashion industry, Ready to Wear (1994). Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow includes a bonus documentary about director Vittorio De Sica. Kino has made an important contribution by finally bringing De Sica's film to Hi-definition. I hope that we can see Criterion release Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D on Blu-ray soon. Full review at the Blu-ray website here. Kino website here.

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