Aurora
by Maurizio Ponzi







FOREIGN TITLES & RELEASE DATES

USA (NBC network) - October 22, 1984 - Aurora / Aurora by Night - 95'
Italy - January 17, 1985 - Qualcosa di biondo - 102'
Spain (Madrid, Cines Carlos III, Roxy A, Princesa) - November 20, 1986 - Los tres amantes de Aurora - 107' (attendance: 47,243)
West Germany - October 23, 1987 - Aurora -
France (Paris) - July 27, 1988 - Aurora -



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PLOT

Aurora, formerly a maid in a hotel and now the owner of a taxi in Sorrento, has a two-year-old child who is blind. To give the little boy his sight back, a difficult and costly operation is required, to be performed in Switzerland. Aurora therefore leaves to go in search of three ex-Iovers, one of whom might be the father of her blind son. She obtains a check for ten million lire from her lover in Rome, on the very day that his legitimate daughter is getting married, since he is anxious to avoid any scandals. In Tuscany she meets the son of her second lover, who has died in the meantime, and together they excogitate a ruse which yields her another ten million. The third is an American, the man she really loved, whom she tracks him down in Val d’Aosta where he is the owner of a transport helicopter. With a third contribution, the little boy enters the hospital to undergo the operation which is entirely successful. Mother and son embrace tenderly, joined by the American.
(Enrico Lancia)
Story: Sergio Citti
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FILMING LOCATIONS

Rome, Sorrento (Excelsior Vittoria Hotel)
Naples (Allied Forces Headquarters)
Viareggio, Courmayeur (Italy)

Studios de la Vides (France)

Filming dates: June - July 1984


MAIN CAST

Sophia Loren (Aurora)
Daniel J. Travanti (Dave)
Edoardo Ponti (Ciro)
Philippe Noiret (Andrea)
Anna Strasberg (Angela, his wife)
Ricky Tognazzi (Michele)
Alessandra Mussolini (bride)


CREDITS

Photography (Technicolor):
Roberto Gerardi
Music:

Georges Delerue
Costume design:
Gabriella Pescucci
Makeup Artist:
Franco Freda
Hair Stylist:
Adalgisa Favella
Sophia Hair Stylist:
Sergio Russo, Rome
Still photographer:
Gianfranco Salis
Production:
Alex Ponti for NBC-TV


NOTES

First role in a movie for Edoardo Ponti, Sophia's youngest son, at age 11.

The film is co-produced by Carlo Ponti's son, Alex, step-brother of Edoardo.

After four years of absence from the screen, Sophia wants to renew her image as an actress as she is about to turn 50.

Some scenes are shot on July 5 and 6 on the Allied Forces Headquarters in Naples with around 20 officers as extras.

QUOTES AND REVIEWS 

"At times, it is simply a matter of Miss Loren walking toward and walking away from the camera. In the cosmic view of things, ''Aurora'' is still another forgettable trinket. Sophia Loren, however, is not. That is what it means to be a star."
John J. O'Connor, New York Times, 22 oct 1984

"It's a rare feeling for an actress to be playing with her own son. I only work when I have something in my hands that will represent a step forward in my career. Otherwise, I would prefer to stay home with my children."
Sophia Loren

"Playing this mercenary mother, Loren is entirely convincing as she manipulates the men who bedded her earlier. Less realistic are the
love scenes in which she entices the putative real father into taking responsibility for his one night of bliss."
Bart Mills, The Post-Standard, 20 oct 1984




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