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dates: January – March 1958
Bob Willoughby, Allan Grant
Carlo Ponti and Marcello Girosi for
Loren is awarded the Volpi cup for this film for best actress at
the XIX Venice Film Festival but in
Sophia meets Elvis Presley at the Paramount Studios cafeteria while he is filming King Creole. Still photographer Bob Willoughby happens to be there and takes memorable shots of Sophia and the King.
role of Rose was initially written for Anna Magnani but she had other
Sophia's voice is dubbed by Marion Degler (German).
she was one hell of a female, with what we might call a 'high
fuckability quotient,' she was also a very superior lady. I was
impressed by her on every
think she is a fine actress - often a great one."
her plainly slant-eyed hauteur and her Simonetta chic, she is not what
you'd call a quite convincing representative of the immigrant school."
the commercial values of the film, Sophia Loren asserts
with appropriate force in the role of the protagonist (...) her talents
sensitive actress assert themselves worthily, imparting color to the
richest and most
nuances of Rose's character."
no mystery in the awarding of the recent "best actress"
prize to Sophia Loren at the Venice Festival. In "The Black Orchid"...
Miss Loren is at her best in a many-sided, intelligent portrayal of a
woman who has had much sorrow and can scarcely believe that her luck
you haven't been to the movies since Sophia Loren was just another dumb
Italian import with a big bust you are in for another pleasant
surprise. She has matured - also under good direction - out of all
recognition, and is perfectly successful in this role."