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Sophia Loren (1934 - )

Related: actress - Italian cinema

Films: A Special Day (1977)

Sophia Loren, photo unidentified.

Sophia Loren in
Due notti con Cleopatra (1953) - Mario Mattoli [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Sophia Loren (born September 20, 1934) is considered to be one of the most famous Italian actresses of all time who at the age of 70, continues to be considered a top sex symbol. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Loren [Feb 2005]

A major international film star

One of her first major roles was as the titular character of the 1953 Italian film Due notti con Cleopatra (a.k.a. Two Nights with Cleopatra). This film, like many of her other early roles, emphasized her voluptuous physique; she even appeared topless in a few films (which was considered acceptable in European cinema at the time, though said scenes were usually cut out when the films were distributed in the United Kingdom or in North America).

Sophia Loren in Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Although she had appeared in a bit part in the Hollywood blockbuster Quo Vadis in 1951, it was not until 1957's Boy on a Dolphin that Loren became a major international film star, due in part to the iconic image of her wearing a water-soaked, body-clinging dress. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Loren [Apr 2005]

Sophia Loren eyeing Jane Mansfield

Sophia Loren eyeing Jayne Mansfield's breasts (ca.1957/58), photo by Joe Shere.

It was Hollywood, 1958. Roman film goddess Sophia Loren had just breezed into town hoping to conquer America. One night, the actress was fêted at the swanky restaurant Romanoff's. Her unlikely dinner companion was Jayne Mansfield, the poor man's Marilyn Monroe. A roving photographer named Joe Shere swooped by their table and took a shot of the pair.

In the resulting photo, Mansfield smiles up at the camera while Sophia Loren is captured staring at Mansfield's Grand Canyon décolleté as if there are poisonous snakes down there. Australian-born photographer Daniela Federici created an homage to that shot using model Anna Nicole Smith (as Mansfield) and New York City DJ Sky Nellor (as Loren). This picture represents Federici's aesthetic in a nutshell -- Italian neorealist cinema circa 1950/1960s meets Hollywood glamour. Federici's sexy photographs are as self-referential as any Godard film from the 1960s, which makes sense since Federici digs the French Nouvelle Vague as well. --http://archive.salon.com/sex/gallery/2002/08/23/federici/index_np.html [Apr 2005]

Due notti con Cleopatra (1953) - Mario Mattoli

Due notti con Cleopatra (1953) - Mario Mattoli [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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