Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani) Reviews

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bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
November 27, 2012
3 movie shorts with the great Sophia Loren and other Italian actors. Its all in Italian and has English subtitles. The first story is the best she sells cigarettes on the black market when police come to arrest her she is with child, in Italy if you pregnant you can go to jail so each time the law comes to arrest her she is again with child 8 children later, kind of funny the other 2 shorts leave a lot to be desired. 3 stars 11-8-12
hunterjt13
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2012
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in three stories about sex and love.
What a delightful Italian comedy. Loren and Mastroianni are a classic pair, and each story allows them to explore a different facet of sexual chemistry. They rise to each challenge, and they're a delight to watch.
The first story, about a couple who squirts out babies in order to avoid debtors' prison, defies realism, but it allows Loren to strut and saunter her way around the world-weary, oversexed Mastroianni. The second story, about a man and woman escaping her husband for a weekend in the country, sets an adversarial relationship between the two Italian stars. The final story contains one of the most hilarious, off-the-wall seduction sequences I've ever seen, and Mastroianni howls his way into our hearts -- broad comedy at its best.
Overall, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is an Italian classic and a must-see.
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2010
An anthology of three short stories, each starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and dealing with sex in some manner, and each amusing in a different way. The first story is about a woman who continuously had children in order to avoid going to jail, the second is about two new lovers taking a car trip, and the third concerns a boy preparing to enter seminary, a prostitute, and a very frustrated man.

I thought it was worth watching, especially for Sophia Loren fans.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 2010
An anthology comedy for a change, all stories starring two fantastic actors: Mastroianni and Loren. The stories are hilarious, and any one of them would make a great full length movie. I really enjoyed this movie.
Super Reviewer
April 7, 2008
Charming! Yesterday/Adelina is a delightfully satirical view of Italian law, family, and community. Today/Anna is a spoof on the malaise affecting the too rich and bored (signature Moravia). Tomorrow/Mara comically mixes sex and faith. The last segment reveals a very animated, goofy, but loveable, Mastroianni. A light-hearted and fun trilogy.
Super Reviewer
February 19, 2007
This movie is made up of three segments all starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

In the first, Loren plays Adelina, a woman who feels more well when she is pregnant than when she is not. It's a very funny story about using pregnancy to avoid jail time. The segment is about some serious societal issues like private debt, collectors, not practicing birth control, the poor's ability to afford child care, and neighborhood charity. It is all presented in a humorous fashion. And this segment seems to contain the most of De Sica's neo-realist style.

In the second, Loren plays Anna in a short head-scratching bit that I felt pulled the whole movie down. Most of it is shot in a car and being so short the characters are not given the chance to develop much.

In the third, Loren plays Mara, a prostitute. Mastroianni is a wealthy, but childish, excitable client. An old woman lives next door and her grandson has come to visit before going away to school to become a priest. He innocently falls for Mara with no idea of what she is and changes his mind about going to seminary. Mara and the old woman exchange angry words and then eventually arrange a deal. If she can help convince the young man to still go away to become a priest, she will be abstinent for a week. Mastroianni keeps on being interrupted in his sessions with Mara and is just along for the ride. This segment is also rather funny at times.
DrStrangeblog
Super Reviewer
½ March 18, 2009
Not a must-see classic, but still a light enjoyable comedy of 3 segments that all feature terrific chemistry between the stars Loren and Mastroianni. My favorite is the bittersweet middle story "Anna" with Loren as a bored, spoiled politico's wife and Mastroianni her disenchanted beau for the day.
½ March 15, 2015
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in this Italian sex comedy divided into three tales in three cities. In the first and best episode, they are a poor couple selling illegal cigarettes to make ends meet and discover by chance after being busted that Sophia can't go to jail when she is pregnant - 7 kids later and Marcello is tired out, so Sophia winds up in the slammer. In the second episode, Sophia is a rich businessman's wife, slumming it with poor but sexy Marcello - but when she lets him drive her Rolls, it doesn't end well. Finally, in the third episode, Sophia is a classy call girl who accidentally charms her neighbors' grandson who was about to become a priest. In order to persuade him not to give up his calling, she swears off sex for a week, much to the chagrin of Marcello a visiting businessman from Bologna. Ranging from sentimental to wryly funny to a bit too sexist for modern times, we nevertheless get a zesty look at Italy and an acting class from two at the top of their game.
February 23, 2015
Delightful, breezy fun.
February 28, 2014
Ms Loren is stunning in this triple dip of sexy Italian comedy. She shows her acting chops as well as her timeless beauty with costar Marcello Mastroianni providing a superb romantic second fiddle. The two make a beautiful couple & Mastroianni has a terriffic comedic flair. The locations look like ...read morethe real Italy. If your a Sophia Loren fan, you will like this movie.
½ January 5, 2014
Not DeSica's best, but hard to dislike his consistently great use of Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren.
½ October 14, 2013
Character makes up for weak story lines. Showcase of Mastroianni's versatility.
July 19, 2013
yesterday to day and tomorrow
September 21, 2012
Spicy and hilarious, a Classic!
Highly recommended.
June 7, 2012
One of Vittorio de Sica's strangest films, this one stars two of the most famous Italians of all time: Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The movie is set in three places, with the two stars playing three different roles. In the first setting, both characters are involved in a black market to sell cigarettes, of which Loren gets arrest for her wrongdoings and is sent to jail, causing uproar as a result. The second setting involves the couple as wealthy individuals of society, who really don't seem to care for one another or anybody else for that matter. The third follows Mastroianni having an affair with a prostitute (of course, Loren). Amusing, odd Italian movie from the master maybe just minor one for him, but is fun to watch, especially considering the stars.
½ February 2, 2012
"Ieri, Oggi, Domani" is an excellent Italian language film. But it's not just a regular film-- it's an anthology based one. Those kinds of movies hardly ever work, but unlike most, this one seems to pull it off almost perfectly. The movie has three vignettes, all of which star Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (one of the best screen couple's of all time), and each have to do with different relationships in Italy. The first, "Adelina of Naples" takes place in poor Naples in 1953, in which married couple Adelina (Loren) and Carmine (Mastroianni) are struggling-- Carmine is jobless, and Adelina sells black market cigarettes for a job. In order to avoid jail time, she keeps pumping out babies-- to the extreme. The second, the weakest of the bunch, "Anna of Milan" is about the extremely wealthy wife/socialite Anna's (Loren) relationship with her lover Renzo (Mastroianni). Renzo is forced to reevaluate their relationship when in a car wreck, she's more worried about the car than him or the kid she almost hit. The last, the funniest, and my personal favorite, "Mara of Rome". Mara (Loren) is a high-class prostitute working in her apartment, and is now working with neurotic (and rich) client Augusto (Mastroianni). When a priest falls for Mara, Mara and his nutty grandma ensue in a battle of wills, which kills Augusto-- he wants sex. "Iegi, Oggi, Domani" is a stylish, well-written, and wonderfully acted sex comedy that should be better recognized as one of the famous trios best movies. De Sica's directing is superb, and this has got to be in the top five best performances of both the voluptuous Loren and the mega talented Mastroianni. 4.5 stars. Highly recommended.
September 3, 2011
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are indeed the perfect pair of actors from the 60s. No wonder they did so many films together. This trio of different stories shows off this dinamic italian duo. Bravo!!
March 16, 2010
A maginificent erotic comedy. Bunuel directs with masterly assurance this icy comedy about a frigid housewife, Severine (Catherine Devenue) who goes to work at a Parisian brothel. Only here is she able to indulge in her masochistic desires by being forced to perform for her clientele. The sly joke is that her loving husband's patience and consideration is precisely NOT what she wants. She wants to keep her social respectability but needs the brothel as an outlet for her drives (Bunuel's point being the fairly well-worn one, even by that time, that bourgeois society has to suppress perversions and control female sexuality to maintain its power).

What's amazing is Bunuel's "respectable" treatment of this material. His cool and discrete approach brillantly contrasts with the frustrated sexual lives and fantasies we see on the screen. Brief nudity, no explicit sexual scenes, everything is done through inference and association. And what associations! Bunuel's playful surrealism is in full force here - witness the mysterious box - and his cast brings this eroticized world to life (along with Deneuve, the best performance comes from Genevieve Page as the most refined house madam you'll ever see). "Belle de Jour" is masterful piece of latter-day surrealism: it's a wonderful demonstration of the emotional anarchy at the root of sexual longing and the particularly tortured outlets people use to satisfy their needs. And yet the whole enterprise is discreetly charming - it's light at heart. This has to be the most elegantly dirty movie ever made.
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