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Giovanni Roccardi, Masino Manunza
Angelo F. Lavagnino
G.B. Poletto, Giovanni Roccardi -
Titanus - Phoenix
Not yet active as a producer for Sophia's films, Carlo Ponti hires Mario Natale, a renown press agent, to promote the movie Africa sotto i mari by distributing pictures of young Sophia wearing a bikini. After two years of laborious work in more than ten films, Sophia is now for the first time the lead star of a movie under the new name Sophia Loren.
new name (Sophia Loren) is introduced by producer Goffredo Lombardo
who does not like the name Lazzaro. Loren is derived from the name of
actress Märta Torén, with whom he has worked on the movie
contract does not include her
filming on the Moroccan coast. Her mother demands that her cachet be
order to let her go. His uncle goes along with her. She is doubled by a
Italian swimming champion for the scenes which require high dexterity
Sophia's swimming results in Africa Under the Seas were not criticized, most of all because the majority of the viewers seemed more interested in the provocative graces of her body than in the style of her stroke. It was the film, instead, which came under strong attack.
Stefano Masi, Sophia.
Loren) as a woman is not just noteworthy, she's extremely
"My appearance in Africa under the Seas, a B-minus picture at best,
did not create a
ripple on the surface of the cinema waters. A large number of pinups of
bathing suits were distributed but I was still seeking that
that would give me an opportunity to do more than dog-paddle underwater
with an oxygen tank on my back."
"¡El mar se hizo más
bello cuando lo surcó una sirena Sofia Loren!"