Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow film poster.jpg
original movie poster
Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Joseph E. Levine
Written by Billa Billa
Eduardo De Filippo
Alberto Moravia
Isabella Quarantotti
Cesare Zavattini
Starring Sophia Loren
Marcello Mastroianni
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Adriana Novelli
Distributed by Embassy Pictures Corporation
Release dates
  • 19 December 1963 (1963-12-19)
Running time 118 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office $10 million (USA)

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Italian: Ieri, oggi, domani) is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica.[1] It stars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The film consists of three short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards.[2]

Plot[edit]

Adelina of Naples[edit]

Set in the poorer Naples of 1953, Adelina (Loren) supports her unemployed husband Carmine (Mastroianni) and child by selling black market cigarettes. When she doesn't pay a fine, her furniture is to be repossessed. However her neighbors assist her by hiding the furniture. A lawyer who lives in the neighborhood advises Carmine that as the fine and furniture is in Adelina's name, she will be imprisoned. However, Italian law stipulates that women cannot be imprisoned when pregnant or within six months after a pregnancy. As a result Adelina schemes to purposely stay pregnant. After seven children, Carmine is seriously exhausted and Adelina must make the choice of being impregnated by their mutual friend Pasquale (Aldo Giuffrè) or be incarcerated.

She finally chooses to be incarcerated, and the whole neighborhood gathers money to free her and petition for her pardon, which finally comes and she is renuited with her husband Carmine and the children.

Anna of Milan[edit]

Anna (Loren dressed by Christian Dior) is the wife of a mega-rich industrialist who has a lover named Renzo (Mastroianni). Whilst driving together in her husband's Rolls-Royce, Anna must determine which is the most important to her happiness – Renzo or the Rolls. Renzo rethinks his infatuation with Anna when she expresses no concern when they nearly run over a child, and end up crashing the Rolls-Royce.

She is infuriated by the damage to her Rolls-Royce, and ends up getting another passing driver to take her home, leaving Renzo on the road.

Mara of Rome[edit]

Mara (Loren) works as a prostitute from her apartment, servicing a variety of high class clients including Augusto (Mastroianni), the wealthy, powerful and neurotic son of a Bologna industrialist.

Mara's elderly neighbour's grandson visiting them is a handsome and callow young man studying for the priesthood but not yet ordained who falls in love with Mara. To the shrieking dismay of his grandmother, the young man wishes to leave the clergy to be with Mara or to join the French Foreign Legion if Mara rejects him. Mara vows to set the young man on the path of righteousness back to the seminary and enlists the reluctant Augusto. Mara provides a strip tease at the climax of the film.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NY Times: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "The 37th Academy Awards (1965) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film
1964
Succeeded by
The Shop on Main Street