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former Neapolitan singer, decides to end her life because of a romantic
disappointment, but before doing 50 she resorts to phoning ‘Voice of
An anonymous priest answers and tries to dissuade her from her
intention. He is
unsuccessful, but Valeria is saved nonetheless and, her curiosity
wants to meet the man who spoke so kindly to her. Disappointed at first
she learns that he is a priest, the girl is not discouraged, and meets
several times until, having fallen in love with him, she succeeds in
fall in love in return. The priest wants to leave the ministry, and
Valeria ‘5 parents while waiting for his dispensation. He is invited to
Sophia's Makeup Artist:
Carlo Ponti for c.c. Champion, (Rome)
Productions Editions Cinématographiques Françaises (Paris)
Pope Paul VI's former cook, Armando Carzanita, is hired to play a chef in the film.
day, a couple of priests force their way onto
the set by invoking their right to check out the authenticity of any
scene with a church building in the background.
church authorities in
Macari and Dino Risi had at first thought of Monica Vitti for the lead
role of Valeria Billi.
Last film to be shot at Ponti's studio in Tirrenia.
"A remarkable woman... as beautiful as a statue. Wonderful eyes of course, but the mouth, a little wide, don't you think?"
Father Sampers of the Convent of St. Alphonso, in Sophia by Donald Zec.
Miss Loren and Mastroianni,
the Turner and Gable of the
1960's, are, separately, elegant, popular performers and, when
high comedy or low slap-stick, they are a team of marvelous style
Sophia Loren and pious Marcello Mastroianni have box office chemistry.
Both are excellent performers and have proved themselves as capable
comedians. So why then isn't "The Priest's Wife" funny? (...) Poor
Sophia Loren turns into a shrew, a vulgar, cheap, immoral