Ieri, oggi, domani
by Vittorio De Sica


Italy - December 19, 1963 - Ieri, oggi, domani - 120'
USA (Festival & Tower East Theaters) - March 17, 1964 - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - 120'
France (Paris) - May 15, 1964 - Hier, aujourd'hui et demain - 118'
West Germany - August 19, 1964 - Gestern, Heute und Morgen - 115'
Spain - 1964 - Ayer, hoy y mañana - 120'

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Episode: Adelina

Story: Eduardo De Filippo - Screenplay: Eduardo De Filippo, Isabella Quarantotti

Shooting of the episode "Adelina" in Naples (Rione Sanità, Stella district) in September. Interiors at Titanus Appia Studios, Rome.

Sophia Loren
(Adelina Sbaratti), Marcello Mastroianni (Carmine Mellino, her husband) Aldo Giuffrè (Pasquale Bardella), Silvia Monelli (Elvira Bardella), Tecla Scarano (Bianchina Verace), Agostino Salvietti (attorney Domenico Verace).


An illegal cigarette vendor resorts to a long series of pregnancies 50 as not to get arrested. Prison is therefore avoided until an unforeseen accident removes Adelina from her state of perpetuai gestation. But the generosity of the Neapolitan people succeeds in resolving everything just the same. The story is based on the life of Concetta Mucardi who had 19 children in order to avoid emprisonment. She died in Naples at age 78 in 2001.


Episode: Anna

Story: from the short story ‘Troppo ricca’ by Alberto Moravia - Screenplay: Cesare Zavattini, Bilia Bilia
Shooting of the episode "Anna" starts in October but is delayed as Sophia experiences her first miscarriage and is sent to a Milan clinic.


Sophia Loren
(Anna Moltenl), Marcello Mastroianni (Renzo, her lover), Armando Trovajoli (Giorgio Ferrario).



A wealthy Milanese woman begins an idyll with a man of modest means in an attempt to escape from her arid world. A banal incident is enough however to make Anna’s spirit resurface, leading her to abandon the man and return to her own world.


Episode: Mara

Story and screenplay: Cesare Zavattini - Choreography: Jacques Ruet - ‘Abat-jour’ sung by Henry Wright
Shooting of the episode "Mara" begins in Rome in July. Interiors at Titanus Appia Studios, Rome.

Sophia Loren
(Mara, the call girl), Marcello Mastroianni (Augusto Rusconi, the Bolognese man), Gianni Ridolfi (Umberto, the seminarian), Tina Pica (Umberto’s grandmother)

Mara is a call girl whom a young seminarian falls in love with. Mara, too, is attracted to him, but when she realizes that the young man is about to abandon his studies because of her, she convinces him to return to the seminary, while she goes back to her old life and her lovers.




Giuseppe Rotunno
(Techniscope, Technicolor)
Jean Barthet

Armando Trovajoli

Costume design:
Piero Tosi (Adelina, Mara), Christian Dior (Anna)

Still photographer:
Pierluigi Praturlon, Zinn Arthur, Mimmo Cattarinich

Carlo Ponti for Compagnia Cinematografica Champion (Rome)
Les Films Concordia (Paris)


Sophia's cachet: $500,000.

The prison scenes were shot on location in Naples, with actual prisoners on hand during the filming. After the picture had wrapped, Loren received a note from one of the prisoners that said, "God will bring a real baby to bless your life, beautiful lady." (Donohue)

Sophia's first film with Marcello Mastroianni since 1955's La fortuna di essere donna. Mastroianni is now an international star too since he starred in two Fellini classics, La dolce vita (1960) and 8 1/2, released in February 1963.

Director Vittorio De Sica tells Sophia he wants her to be "so sexy, so arousing, so provocative, it would make a man howl", and Sophia proves herself more than up to the task. Mastroianni can't help himself - he howls "like a lovesick coyote," and Sophia admits later that no scene has ever given her more pleasure.

Italian deputy Agostino Greggi asks the movie be seized for high immorality when it is released in Italy because of the striptease scene. His request is turned down by the court.

The film wins several awards, including Best Actress to Loren (David di Donatello), Best Foreign Film (Academy and Globe Awards), Best Foreign Actor to Mastroianni (British Academy).

Sophia sings in the episode Mara the song "La partita di pallone" originally performed by singer Rita Pavone in 1962.

The film is shown in the USA with English subtitles and becomes one of the most successful foreign-made releases of all time in the country.


"Sophia's performance is one of priceless elegance. It`s time to convince ourselves that she is cut out for these roles in which her unrestrained vitality can express itself freely."
Vittorio Ricciuti, Il Mattino, 22 dec 1963

"As the half-undressed Mara she reminds us of the best of her incarnations of physical beauty: the free and easy young Roman created by Blasetti some years ago in Too Bad She's Bad."
Antonello Trombadori, Vie Nuove

"Miss Loren is in her finest fettle as this well set-up Roman prostitute whose beaming equanimity is unsettled at the very time her most lusty customer, a scatterbrained sport from Bologna, is in town for a couple of days."
Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 18 mar 1964

"But the real threat is Sophia, who is such a splendid creature that she wears rags or furs with equal power to stun. If she is not the world's most beautiful woman, she close enough for me."
Bob MacKenzie, Oakland Tribune, 2 jul 1964

"A sizzling striptease that all but sets the pasta on fire."

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