Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow brought De Sica an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, a Golden Globe and David Donatello award. The film is essentially the tale of three tragicomic lives that often seem like total failures. After the commercial success of L'Oro di Napoli (Gold of Naples), De Sica returns to the "winning formula" and sections his script once more into self-contained parts. The result broke box office records in Italy, as well as achieving similar success all over the world. Part One of the film focuses on Adelina, who supports her family by selling contraband cigarettes in Naples and ensures she's constantly pregnant in order to dodge the law. Adelina's fate depends on the staying power of Carmine, who fulfils the "male role". In Part Two, Anna, the wife of a Milanese tycoon, is courting a penniless writer. Part Three, on the other hand, switches to Mara, a childlike, coquettish prostitute with a heart of gold. Mara is on the brink of a new reality presented by an impassioned admirer who also happens to be a priest. De Sica shows flawless direction in Part One with a text written by Eduardo De Filippo and picture-postcard vistas of an impoverished but vibrant Naples. However, the tempo wavers in Part Two, an Alberto Moravia adaptation from one of his own short stories, thanks to its overdone caricatures. That said, things pick up again in Part Three, with the episode scripted this time by Cesare Zavatti. While Mastroianni collars the chance to display his acting finesse, Loren's striptease scene has gone down as one of the sexiest in the history of cinema. In fact, the same scene was recycled in 1994 by Altman for his film, Prêt-à-porter. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow flows easily with its well-structured plot, excellent dialogue and the synergy between its two leading stars. It also proved to be the film that won De Sica the hearts of Italian audiences. For, loath to confront their problems, Italians had been unimpressed by the director's "neo-r

Adelina: Eduardo De Filippo
Billa Billa Zanuso; "Mara": Cesare Zavattini
Isabella Quarantotti; "Anna": Cesare Zavattini

Giuseppe Rotunno

Adriana Novelli

Champion Film Company

Giovanni Ridolfi
Marcello Mastroianni
Sophia Loren
Tina Pica

Armando Trovajoli

Best Foreign Film Oscar - Best Foreign Actor BAFTA Awards - Best Production David di Donatello - Samuel Goldwyn Award Golden Globe

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