Francesca e Nunziata
by Lina Wertmüller


Canada (Montreal World Film Festival) - August 16, 2001 - Francesca e Nunziata - 125'
Italy (Canale 5) - January 22, 2002 - Francesca e Nunziata - 125'
USA (San Francisco, NICE Festival) - November 24, 2002 - Francesca and Nunziata - 125'

Montreal Film Festival program Brazilian DVD Argentinian poster Italian book publicity


Francesca is a spirited, strong-willed working class woman. Both her father and grand-father were pasta makers before her and, following in the family tradition, she too has become the owner of a flourishing pasta-making factory. For love she has married Prince Giordano Montorsi. The couple adopt a little girl named Nunziatina with whom Francesca gradually establishes a deep and intimate relationship, consolidated by the fact that the young girl is the only one of the Montorsi children to join her in the business. After a few years, their eldest son Federico returns from his studies in London and he and Nunziata fall in love. In the meantime, Francesca and Giordano are going through a difficult moment in their marriage, due to certain detrimental business initiatives undertaken by Giordano which are threatening to bring about the family’s financial ruin. Francesca, in an attempt to save the business, arranges for Federico to marry the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder. Then, when she learns that Nunziata is pregnant, she forces the girl into a quick marriage with a nondescript accountant. The years go by. Nunziata, from nothing, has succeeded in setting up her own pasta-making business, while Francesca, despite Federico’s marriage, has been forced, little by little, to sell off her own company. In a final discussion between the two women, Francesca admits her mistakes and re-establishes the bond of affection that ties her to Nunziata even more strongly than to her natural offspring. And, seeing Nunziata as her one and only true moral heir, she urges the younger woman to purchase Villa Montorsi. (Enrico Lancia)
Story: taken from the novel of the same name by Maria Orsini Natale


Brescia, Procida, Naples, Frascati (Italy)

Filming dates: 16 October - 16 December 2000.

Sophia leaves the set on November 26


Sophia Loren (Francesca Montorsi)
Giancarlo Giannini (Giordano Montorsi)
Claudia Gerini (Nunziata)
Raoul Bava (Federico)
Luciano De Crescenzo (Don Giacomo Ruotolo)
Massimo Wertmüller (Angelo Limieri)


Alfio Contini
Art direction:
Enrico Job
Italo Greco, Lucio Gregoretti

Costume designer:
Gino Persico
Costume designer for Sophia Loren:
Gabriele Mayer
Hair Stylist:
Angelo Vannella

Anna Stoppoloni for Mediatrade (Rome)


First film for Sophia in Italy since Sabato, domenica e lunedì, which was also filmed in the same region and under the same director.

Upon her arrival in Procida Sophia wrote this open letter to her fellow Neapolitans:
"Every time that my work takes me to Naples I feel an inexpressibile emotion. My roots are here, as you know. Roots that I have not allowed anyone to eradicate: I eat and I speak "Neapolitan" because this is the only way I feel at ease. And then, let's be frank, with a city so alive and joyful, and with such an incomparable sea, you can't help but loving it for all your life. Recently I was in Brazil where I had never set foot before. I was delighted by this land because people and all the rest look just like you: they are filled with joy and they have the same human warmth; I felt like I was right here in Naples. "Il Mattino" has given me the opportunity to share with you your affection. Thank you so much. I feel that you love me, but  you can't imagine how much I love you too."
Il Mattino, 25 nov 2000.


"The book has touched me from the very first pages; it is an intense history that takes us within the humors of my culture and it makes me to find again at once the roots that the distance tends to uproot although I have never disowned my Neapolitan native land. Then, Lina Wertmüller guarantees a product of great quality and the cast is formidable."
Sophia Loren in Corriere del MEzzogiorno, 14 nov 2000

"Today I live the “napoletanità” to the maximum, interpreting the film "Francesca and Nunziata", based on a book about a rigorous and rich historical research of Parthenopean folklore. A book brilliantly written by Maria Orsini Natale."
Sophia Loren in Il Mattino, 19 dec 2000

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