Bianco, rosso e...
by Alberto Lattuada


Italy - March 31, 1972 - Bianco, rosso e... - 97'
Spain (Barcelona, Cine Tivoli) - September 11, 1972 - Blanco, rojo y... - 96' (attendance: 1,219,791)
West Germany - November 10,  1972 - Die Sünde - 97'
USA (New York, Colombia I Theater) - March 10, 1973 - White Sister - 96'
France (Paris) - August 21, 1974 - Une bonne planque -

American poster Italian poster Spanish VHS poster French poster


Sister Germana, a beautiful woman who took the vows following the death of her fiancé Guido, is forced to return from Libya, and becomes the mother superior in a hospital in Lombardy A young Communist, pretending to be sick, has established himself in the hospital where he has been for some time now, though he tries to make himself useful in whatever way he can. Realizing that the nun does not tolerate his presence, the young man leaves the hospital, and in order to make a living, busies himself as a ‘nurse’ in the town. During the course of a strike, he is gravely wounded. He is brought to the hospital where he is reconciled with the mother superior before dying. (Enrico Lancia)
Tonino Guerra, Ruggero Maccari


Almeria, Malaga and surroundings (Spain)
Milan, Lodi, Vigevano(Italy)

Cinecittà (Italy)

September 1971 through January 1972


Sophia Loren (Sister Germana)
Adriano Celentano (Annibale Pezzi)
Fernando Rey (chief physician)
Juan Luis Galiardo (Guido)
Giuseppe Maffioli (Doctor Arrighi)


Photography (Technicolor):
Alfio Contini
Costume design:
Mario Ambrosini
Fred Bongusto
Still photographer:
Tazio Secchiaroli
Carlo Ponti for c.c. Champion, Rome
Les Films Concordia / Columbia Films, Paris
Midega Film / C.I.P.I. Madrid


Working title for the movie is Bianco, rosso, verde.

The film was originally intended for Vittorio De Sica as director.

Sophia and Celentano, who is a succesful singer in Italy, spend a lot of time playing cards, poker or scopa.

Alessandra Mussolini, Sophia's niece, plays the role of Sister Germana as a child.

First starring role for Sophia under the direction of Lattuda. She had extra roles in Luci del varietà and Anna in the early 50'.


"For those who feel, like I do, that if there were no cinema Sophia Loren would be sufficient reason for inventing it, "White Sister" will offer very little more than a beautiful but unanimated mask of their heroine."
Vincent Canby, New York Times, 12 mar 1973

"Loren in the part of sister Germana is extremely attractive."
Domenico Meccoli, Epoca, 16 apr 1972

"Sophia Loren is moved and touched by wearing - for the first time in her career as an actress - the headpiece and habit of a nun, which actually look very good on her because they are created with all the tricks theatrical tailors learn to make even rags look elegant."
Ornella Ripa, Gente, 9 apr 1972

"Sister Germana resembles me. She is a woman who lives by faith, love and enthusiasm. I'm like her: I have to believe in what I do."
Sophia Loren

"White Sister is one of Sophia's all time worst"
William E. Sarmento, Lowell Sun, 23 jul 1973

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