La bella mugnaia
by Mario Camerini


Italy - October 27, 1955 - La bella mugnaia - 96'
West Germany - March 31, 1956 - Eine Frau für schwache Stunden - 95'
France (Paris) - May 30, 1956 - Par dessus les moulins -
Belgium - 1956 - Par dessus les moulins / De schoone molenaarsvrouw
USA (New York City, Normandie Theater) - June 11, 1957 - The Miller's Beautiful Wife - 98'
Spain (Barcelona, Cines Alexandra, Arcadia, Atlanta) - November 12, 1957 - La bella campesina - 96'

Italian poster German poster French poster Spanish poster


Thanks to his beautiful wife Carmela, to whom the governor of a province of Campana has taken a fancy, Luca the miller enjoys certain privileges, such as that of not paying taxes and fees, as do the other residents, victims of an exorbitant tax system, During a feast in the town, a scuffle breaks out between Luca and several soldiers who are disrespectful toward his wife, The brawl also spreads among the working-people and the tax collectors and in the end Luca and some others are arrested, The governor intends to take advantage of the situation to obtain from Carmela those favors which she has always denied him. Unfortunately he falls into the water and Carmela takes him into the house, pretending to encourage him, Luca meanwhile escapes from jail, finds the governor’s clothes in his house, and plans to take revenge, Wearing the governor’s clothes, he goes to the governor’s house and introduces himself to the governor’s wife, explaining the reasons far his disguise, The governor’s wife joins in the game to punish her husband’s infidelity, but everything is cleared up in the end, Carmela proves her honesty and the governor profits from the lesson to become a good husband and a better administrator. (Enrico Lancia)
Story from the short story 'Il cappello a tre punte' by Pedro de Alarcón


Naples (Italy)
Stabilimenti Ponti - De Laurentiis, Rome (Italy)

Filming dates: May - June 1955


Sophia Loren (Carmela, the miller’s wife)
Marcello Mastroianni (Luca, her husband)
Vittorio De Sica (don Teofilo, the governar)
Yvonne Sanson (donna Dolores, his wife)


Photography (CinemaScope, Eastmancolor):
Enzo Serafin

Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Costume design:
Maria Baroni, Dario Cecchi
Makeup Artist:
Goffredo Rocchetti
Maria Angelini
Still photographer:
Pierluigi Praturlon, Pietro Pascuttini
Carlo Ponti - Dino De Laurentiis for Titanus (Rome)


Remake of Il capello a tre punte, directed in 1934 by the same Camerini and De Filippo.

In this "petticoat-and-peasant-blouse" picture, Sophia spends most of the time not in an actual peasant blouse but in a more revealing corset cover. She works the petticoats to great visual advantage with a flurry of activities that keep them flying. Sophia's floppy straw hat is meant to show how rustic a peasant she is... Blithe and appealing in her picture hat of summer straw, she is as enchanting as a shepherdess from a seventeenth-century pastoral scene. (Picture hats are so named because they are like those seen in eighteenth-century portraits of landed ladies by Thomas Gainsborough and others.)  - Deirdre Donohue, Sophia Style.

Second film, after Peccato che sia una canaglia, featuring the trio Loren-Mastroianni-De Sica.

In the United States, the film is an art circuit success nationally.

Sophia's voice is dubbed by María Luisa Solá (Spanish) and Eva Vaitl (German).


"Miss Loren is a monument to her sex and the mere opportunity to observe her is a privilege not to be missed."
Bosley Crowther, New York
Times, 12 jun 1957

"The bright, yellow sun of the Naples area, the colour, the superb beauty of Sophia loren, The comedy playing of De Sica, the friendly charm of Mastroianni, combine in a light entertainment on a theme that has become, perhaps, too familiar via story (Alarcon), ballet (Falla), opera (Wolf). But Sophia has never looked more debastating."
Gordon Reid, Continental Film Review

"All the ingredients of this rowdy, loquacious film are applied in reckless abundance: the undeniable charms of protagonist Sophia Loren, those of Yvonne Sanson, and the performance of De Sica himself, which here is force into a coarse humor that is alien to him."
  Il Corriere della Sera, 12 nov 1955

"Sophia Loren has never been more luscious. With her and De Sica playing the love antics there is no shortage of robust entertainment."
Archer Winsten, New York Post

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