Dialogues: Shelton Keller – Choreography: Don Lurio – Photography: Robert Girardi, Heiz Hölscher – Costumes: Ian Fraser – Costumes: Christian Dior, Bona and Rosetta Nasalli-Rocca – Still Photographer: Tazio Secchiaroli – Music Composer: Ian Fraser – Producer: Roger Gimbel - Production: David L. Wolper Productions.
Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Jonathan
Filming dates: August 1967
show was originally titled The Life and Times of Sophia Loren and
Summertime in Rome.
Sophia sings several songs, including a tango called Siesta with Mastroianni, Out of Town as she drives her red Alfa Romeo car through the Roman countryside, I Talk to the Animals at the Rome Zoo and My Time of Evening for the closing scene of the show from the balcony of her villa. Other songs featured on the soundtrack are sung by Sophia's Italian-American fan Tony Bennett.
Special billboard-size Avedon fashion images of Loren can be seen in the garden as scenic elements.
As a favor to Sophia, Sellers agreed to appear in a sketch about the previous occupants of Villa Ponti. He portrayed an asinine German officer from World War II times. The American comedian Jonathan Winters plays a sixteenth-century sculptor.
other sections of the TV special, Sophia reminisces with Marcello
about their films together and later joins him for a fiery tango in
repeats the impersonation of Rudolph Valentino that earned him
The House of Dior designs eight
exclusive outfits to wear in the filming of the show and flies two
staffers down from Paris to Rome to make sure they fit properly.
The $1,000 Dior gown is submerged
in the pool as Sophia and Marcello tango energetically down a flight of
steps and under the surface of water.
Bricusse, who'd previously composed some of the numbers for Sophia's
album with Sellers, contributed seven songs. Sponsored by the textiles
of Monsanto, the one-hour color program was a veritable fashion show
house Dior, which dressed Sophia throughout."
"Sophia went on to
host other television specials, including With
Love, Sophia. The show, which aired on ABC on October 25, 1967, was
ambitious musical fantasy that centered on the Villa Ponti. In keeping
then diva status, special billboard-size Avedon fashion images of Loren
erected in the garden as scenic elements. Tony Bennett sang some of the
on the soundtrack and Loren sang three herself."
"Unlike other tours conducted by name stars, Sophia-With Love was low-key entertainement at its best."
Bob Foster, The Times, 27 oct 1967
"A television program that can make Sophia Loren dull must be some kind of masterpiece.
Bob McKenzie, The Oakland Tribune, 26 oct 1967
"The combination of beautiful woman and elegant clothes is one of the more striking features of "With Love... Sophia."
San Antonio Light, 22 oct 1967