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Actor Robert Wagner falls for Sophia during the shooting of the movie while rumor has it that Sophia and Schell are having an affair.
The main cast consists of three Oscar winners: Loren (La Ciociara), Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg), March (The Best Years of Our Lives)
Sophia and the rest of the cast reside in West Berlin during the shooting with the Berliner Ensemble at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in East Berlin. They cross the border every night in order to shoot, sometimes until early in the morning, the scenes after the live representations of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui play are over. The play was written by Bertolt Brecht, who is also the founder of the Berliner Ensemble, run by his widow wife Helene Weigel at the time the scene are filmed.
Every reference to National Socialism was cut from the West German version.
De Sicas's first full-scale production working in English.
Sophia amd her co-stars receive anonymous letters threatening them with reprisals if the picture (considered an insult to Germany) is released. Investigations conducted to find the identity of those responsible seem to point to some die-hard pro-Nazi Italians.
"Sophia Loren tries earnestly but is miscast as the actress - too melony and modern and without the bitter, slim-flame quality."
"As for Sophia her performance is one of the greatest faults of the film as a whole; forgotten dialectal cadences come back to disturb her diction. Prima donna postures surface to prejudice the validity of this Jahanna."
"She (Sophia) adapts with extreme uneasiness to the uncharacteristic role. But it is not the best she can do, and above all it is the worst
you could ask of her, and the most unsuitable, we think, to her nature as a woman and as an actress."
Onorato Orsini, La Notte, 2 nov 1962.
"I am pleased to have played this part because it was very complex and difficult, and because it was totally different
from those I have played previously."
"La distribution est de premier ordre, avec en tête d'affiche Fredrich March dans le rôle du vieux Von Girsh, et surtout Sophia Loren, femme de Werner Girsh, amante de Franz Girah, qui a su donné à ses yeux toute la tristesse que son rôle demandait."
Claude Garson, Le Monde, 14 nov 1963