It's time for another Hit Me With Your Best Shot post! I was super excited to see Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on the schedule because it was a pivotal film in my cinephile development, and so it holds a special place in my heart. I wish that I had fully read the rules for this entry, for if I had read the entire post before this morning, I would have gone the 'pick a shot from each episode' route, but instead I merely have one shot for you this morning.
And I'm sure it's an unexpected one.
Let me just outline this viewing experience for you first. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow marked a lot of firsts for me as a film-viewer. First, it was my first strictly made Italian film. Yes, I had seen films that took place in Italy before, but this was my first dive into Italian cinema. So, in that respect, it was my first Marcello Mastroianni film as well, and that was a very big deal since he was soon to become one of my favorite actors of any generation and in any language. It was, obviously, my first De Sica and, guess what; it was my first Sophia Loren!
That's a whole lot of expectation in one package, and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was so successful, I've been hooked all all four ever since.
When I think about this film, I always think about Adelina, or more specifically, her episode. It was the one that struck me the strongest upon my first viewing, for many reasons but mostly because Marcello is so damn charismatic and natural that I was smitten with him so instantaneously. The scene that I always recall though, is the very first scene, in the square. I know that I have chosen opening scenes for my last two entries as well, but there is just something about a film putting it's best foot forward, and this one really does start off with such a rich welcoming. The biggest reason I recall this scene though is that it was the first time I had really seen Italy as it was, this completely foreign and yet completely enticing entity. The ease with which the people seemed to just sink into the space that was their home was something I didn't feel here in the States. There was a looseness about everything and everyone, a beautiful feeling of 'living' that, despite circumstance that was obviously not desirable, felt so enjoyable. I was compelled to see it for myself.
Eventually I did. Eventually I found myself standing in those squares, watching those people, soaking in that ease of life.
So for that, I will always think of this moment with the most absolute fondness.
I mean, you can't beat a feisty, pregnant Loren and a pathetically charming Mastroianni...and the way that the fire at her feet almost gives the impression that she is on fire is so telling of the way I'd view her as an actress...she's effing HOT in so many, many ways!