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Sophia Loren movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Two Women,’ ‘Marriage Italian Style,’ ‘Nine’

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Sophia Loren movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Two Women,’ ‘Marriage Italian Style,’ ‘Nine’
Sophia Loren celebrates her 85th birthday on September 20, 2019. Though she rose to fame thanks largely to her looks, the Italian superstar more than proved her acting chops with a series of international hits and an Oscar win for Best Actress. But how many of her titles remain classics? In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

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Born in 1934 in Rome, Loren began appearing in films both in her native Italy and in Hollywood, popping up in several titles that played more to her incredible beauty than her acting chops. That all changed with “Two Women” (1961), a stirring drama from Italian neorealist Vittoria De Sica that cast her as a mother protecting her daughter from the horrors of World War II. The role brought her international acclaim and Oscar,
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Sophia Loren movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Sophia Loren movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Sophia Loren celebrates her 85th birthday on September 20, 2019. Though she rose to fame thanks largely to her looks, the Italian superstar more than proved her acting chops with a series of international hits and an Oscar win for Best Actress. But how many of her titles remain classics? In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934 in Rome, Loren began appearing in films both in her native Italy and in Hollywood, popping up in several titles that played more to her incredible beauty than her acting chops. That all changed with “Two Women” (1961), a stirring drama from Italian neorealist Vittoria De Sica that cast her as a mother protecting her daughter from the horrors of World War II. The role brought her international acclaim and Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival victories as Best Actress, making
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’
Though hardly a household name outside his native land, Italian dramatist Eduardo De Filippo is one of the country’s most important creative voices of the 20th century, best remembered offshore for two classic cinema adaptations, “Marriage Italian Style” and “Ghosts – Italian Style.” Renowned at home for capturing the essence of Neapolitan life through a unique mix of comedy and drama drawing from realism and surrealism with clear ties to the style of the commedia dell’arte, De Filippo’s plays, rich in dialect, are difficult to translate not just into other languages but other cultures. Mario Martone’s decision to maintain the theatricality of his 2017 stage adaptation for Nest (Napoli Est Teatro) of “The Mayor of Rione Sanità” certainly won’t coax newcomers into the playwright’s world, nor is it likely to entice many Italians apart from De Filippo cognoscenti.

A “rione” is a neighborhood with traditionally recognized
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‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’ Trailer: Venice Competition Entry Is Classic Crime Story With a Modern Twist

‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’ Trailer: Venice Competition Entry Is Classic Crime Story With a Modern Twist
Italian filmmaker Mario Martone is set for a Venice return later this month with some familiar material: a new feature film based on the classic play “The Mayor of Rione Sanità” by Eduardo De Filippo, the kind of story that combines Martone’s love of complex Neapolitan crime stories with the age-old battle between good and evil. Martone is a frequent player at Venice, and has previously screened films like “Noi credevamo,” “Leopardi,” and “Capri-Revolution” at the annual festival.

The competition entry is inspired by the De Filippo play of the same name, though the playwright’s work is best known to movie lovers for another adaptation it inspired: Vittorio De Sica’s 1964 Sophia Loren-starring “Marriage Italian Style,” which was based on the play “Filumena Marturano.” The material is a natural fit for Martone, who has often crafted films about the people of his native Naples forced to deal with issues regarding crime,
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Review: "A Special Day" (1977) Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and John Vernon; Blu-ray & Region 2 UK DVD Release From Cultfilms

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By Dawn Dabell

Fans of Sophia Loren will be ecstatic to learn new independent label CultFilms is in the process of releasing a collection of her award-winning movies. Launching this fine set is the wonderful Two Women aka La Ciociara (previously reviewed in Issue #34 of Cinema Retro), followed by A Special Day aka Una Giornata Particolare (which is reviewed here). Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian Style and Boccaccio 70’ are to follow. This collection showcases Loren at the top of her acting game and will be warmly welcomed by her fans and fans of Italian cinema generally.

Fascist housewife and mother of six Antoinetta (Sophia Loren) is busy trying to ready her family so they can attend a parade to celebrate Hitler’s state visit with Mussolini. Rushed off her feet, it becomes apparent she won’t be able to attend the momentous occasion as she has too much housework
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Sophia Loren Slams Hollywood Selfie Culture for Replacing ‘Skill and Talent’

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Sophia Loren Slams Hollywood Selfie Culture for Replacing ‘Skill and Talent’
Sophia Loren, an iconic actress and Oscar winner, does not think much of today’s selfie culture. “In my time, an actress’ merit and skill was based on her talent,” Loren told Page Six. “Now when people meet me, they pull out their phones to take pictures. I do not know much about social media, but it seems that that’s what makes people more famous. My era of Hollywood was much better. You were known for your skill and talent.” Loren, who starred in such films as “It Started in Naples” and “Marriage Italian Style,” also cautioned young stars about rushing into plastic surgery.
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What's Leaving Netflix in October 2015

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Well, this is lousy timing. Several horror movies, including "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," and "Interview with the Vampire" are leaving Netflix on October 1, right before Halloween.

Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."

More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.

Leaving Oct. 1, 2015

"Aces High" (1976)

"A Fond Kiss" (2004)

"Agata And The Storm" (2004)

"A Good Day to Die" (2013)

"Alakazam The Great" (1960)

"All Is Lost" (2013)

"An Affair to Remember" (1957)

"Agora" (2009)

"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)

"America Declassified" (2013)

"Analyze This" (1999)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)

"Angela's Ashes" (1999)

"Annie Hall" (1977)

"Another Woman" (1988)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Axed" (2012)

"Baby's Day Out" (1994)

"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)

"Baron Blood" (1972)

"Beaufort" (2007)

"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)

"Big Night" (1996)

"Blue Velvet" (1986)

"Brewster's Millions" (1945)

"Buying & Selling" (2013)

"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)

"Caprica" (2009)

"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)

"Casanova
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Movie Poster of the Week: Rita Hayworth and The Bicycle Thieves

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It had been so long since I last saw Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves—the last time being long before I started to become involved with movie posters—that I had forgotten that Antonio Ricci’s job at the start of the film, the job he so desperately needs a bicycle for, is pasting up movie posters.Researching De Sica posters to coincide with the current month-long restrospective at New York’s Film Forum I discovered that De Sica’s most famous film centers—as does the Shawshank Redemption, coincidentally—on a poster of Rita Hayworth. I had hoped that it would be a poster by Anselmo Ballester, who painted Hayworth gloriously many times, but the signature on the top right of the poster is clearly that of one T. Corbella. Tito Corbella (1885-1966) was an artist known for his sensuous portraits of Italian divas since the 1910s. Dave Kehr
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NYC Weekend Watch: Vittorio de Sica, ‘Chocolat,’ ‘Carlito’s Way,’ ‘Notorious’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

The Film Society at Lincoln Center

A new 35mm print of Claire Denis‘ debut, Chocolat, screens throughout the week.

Film Forum

For a Vittorio de Sica retrospective, see The Bicycle Thief on Friday, Miracle in Milan on Saturday and Sunday, and Mister Max & Marriage Italian Style on Sunday.

A new restoration of Otto Preminger‘s
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Hollywood Hills Alive With The Sound Of The TCM Classic Film Festival

The TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Tinsel Town for a sixth consecutive year, offering aficionados from across America and even some from abroad a groaning board of over 80 film classics and rarities to feast on. And starry-eyed fans got a chance to see some of their favorites do interviews or introduce films they are known for, including Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style) Shirley MacLaine (“The Apartment” and “The Children’s Hour”) and Ann-Margaret (“The Cincinnati Kid”). The four-day event, which ended Sunday, kicked off with a 50th anniversary screening of a splendidly restored version of “The Sound of Music” […]
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AFI Fest 2015 Announces Festival Dates and Call For Entries

AFI Fest 2015 Announces Festival Dates and Call For Entries
AFI Fest presented by Audi officially has announced its dates and call for entries. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI Fest brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world. The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public. The 29th edition of AFI Fest will take place in Hollywood, California from November 5 through 12, 2015.

AFI Fest will begin accepting submissions on Monday, March 2 for documentary, experimental, feature, narrative and short films at AFI.com/Afifest or through Withoutabox.com . The festival's early submission deadline for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films is Friday, May 1 and the final submission deadline is Friday, July 24. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the Academy Awards®. AFI Fest is the only festival in North America with a market partner, the American Film Market.

The 2014 festival hosted 121 films from around the world, including the world premieres of "American Sniper," "Selma" and "A Most Violent Year." A special Tribute honoring Sophia Loren's illustrious career was held at the Dolby Theatre with a special screening of the 50th anniversary of her Academy Award ®-nominated role in "Marriage Italian Style" (Dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1964). Conversations on the craft of acting, with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, and cinematography, with Roger Deakins, rounded out the programming. Guests at the festival included Steve Carell, J.C. Chandor, Jessica Chastain, Damien Chazelle, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Tommy Lee Jones, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Tilda Swinton, Mark Wahlberg and Oprah Winfrey.

AFI Fest 2014 brought filmmakers from all over the world to present their films to the city's film lovers, including directors Bertrand Bonello ("Saint Laurent," - France); Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne ("Two Days, One Night"- Belgium); Xavier Dolan ("Mommy," -Canada); Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz ("Gett: the Trial of Vivianne Amsalem," -Israel); Abderrahmane Sissako (Oscar®-nominated "Timbuktu,"- Mauritania); Damián Szifrón (Oscar®-nominated "Wild Tales,"- Argentina); Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado ( Oscar®-nominated "The Salt of the Earth," -France); Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy ("The Tribe,"- Ukraine); and Andrey Zvyagintsev (Oscar®-nominated "Leviathan,"- Russia).

Filmmakers can e-mail programming@AFI.com or call 866.AFI.Fest for more information about the submissions process.
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A Foreign Language Actress So Nice, She's Been Nominated Twice: Sophia Loren

abstew here. Only 15 women in the 87 year history of the Academy have scored a Best Actress nomination for a foreign language performance. In contrast, British actresses have won Best Actress 14 times. While the Academy has always warmed to Brits, their European neighbors have had to struggle to breakthrough with recognition in the acting races. (There has still never been a Best Actress nominee for a performance in any language outside of a European origin.) The first actress to even score a nomination for a foreign language performance was Melina Mercouri for Never on a Sunday in 1960, over 30 years into the Academy's history. Only two women have actually won Best Actress for a foreign language performance and both those women have the even rarer distinction of being honored twice with nominations for foreign language performances. The first was Sophia Loren who won for 1961's Two Women and was nominated again for
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Acting Oscar Nominations for Foreign-Language Performances

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.

Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.

Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.

The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for
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Icon, Italian Style! AFI's Sophia Loren Tribute

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By Mark Cerulli

On Wednesday night, Hollywood took a step back in time and it was a beautiful thing. Italy’s most glamorous export, the lovely Sophia Loren, made a rare visit to screen two of her films to an adoring crowd at the Dolby Theater. The movie legend was greeted with a standing ovation when she walked out in a shimmering gown, escorted by director Rob Marshall who was clearly in awe of the star he cast in Nine, her last Hollywood film. Settling into two plush seats separated by a mountain of roses, Marshall introduced her as “A woman with a heart as big as all of Italy.” Loren opened up about her life, career and leading men in a 45 minute Q&A, punctuated by frequent laughter and some poignant moments when she remembered how movies offered an escape from the misery of post-wwii Italy.

Loren came across
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AFI Fest Honors Sophia Loren, Actress, Fashion Icon, Mistress of Throwing Shade

Anne Marie from the AFI Fest on an International Legend...

At age 80, Sophia Loren is still magnetic. When the Academy Award-winning actress appeared onstage at the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday night for an AFI Fest tribute to her career, she received a two-minute long standing ovation. The audience whooped and yelled "Bellisima" before Loren, elegant in a black gown studded with crystals, could do more than walk onstage and smile. Once the furor died down, Rob Marshall, her director for Nine, interviewed Sophia Loren about her career, co-stars, and controversies.

“When I saw the movies, I forgot the war, forgot hunger. It was possible to believe there was another life than the one I was in.”

Despite her glamorous image, Loren's description of her early life growing up poor in the slums of Italy was bleak. When she met her husband, producer Carlo Ponti (who passed away in 2007), he took
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AFI Fest Announces Jury and Audience Award Winners

AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. Grand Jury Awards were presented to Self Made (Boreg), which received the New Auteurs Critics’ Award, and to The Tribe (Plemya), which received the Vizio Visionary Special Jury Award. Buffalo Juggalos by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and Yearbook by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award. Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and Violet. Red Army, GÜEROS, 10,000 Km and The Midnight Swim received Audience Awards.

Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI Fest 2014 pass holders and the general public via the rush line, which begins forming one
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Sophia Loren on Refusing to Get a Nose Job Early in Her Career: “When I Believe in Something, It’s Like War”

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Sophia Loren is the face of this year’s AFI Fest: A dazzling photo of the actress, taken in 1965, beckons from this year’s event poster. And on Nov. 12, the festival will hold a special tribute to Loren, 80, that will include a screening of one of her most memorable movies, 1964’s Marriage Italian Style, in which she played opposite her frequent co-star Marcello Mastroianni under the direction of Vittorio De Sica; a presentation of the short film The Human Voice, directed by Edoardo Ponti, one of her two sons by her late husband, producer Carlo Ponti; and a conversation with the actress, who, says festival director Jacqueline Lyanga, is still “so beautiful, radiant and glamorous.” Speaking by phone from her home in Geneva, Loren says of her latest honor: “It gives me a kind of security and the sense that maybe what I’ve
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Daily | Sophia Loren @ 80

A very happy 80th birthday to Sophia Loren, who's already had quite a year—and it's only September. She was all over Cannes in May, giving a master class and making the rounds for the premieres of her son Edoardo Ponti's La voce umana, in which she plays the lead, and the new restoration of Vittorio De Sica's Marriage Italian Style (1964), in which she stars alongside Cannes 2014 poster boy Marcello Mastroianni. Her memoir will be out in December and two exhibitions are currently celebrating her illustrious career. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Sophia Loren @ 80

A very happy 80th birthday to Sophia Loren, who's already had quite a year—and it's only September. She was all over Cannes in May, giving a master class and making the rounds for the premieres of her son Edoardo Ponti's La voce umana, in which she plays the lead, and the new restoration of Vittorio De Sica's Marriage Italian Style (1964), in which she stars alongside Cannes 2014 poster boy Marcello Mastroianni. Her memoir will be out in December and two exhibitions are currently celebrating her illustrious career. » - David Hudson
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Board of Governors Bias: Bacall, Garbo Among Rare Female Winners of Academy's Honorary Award

Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to
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