An Academy Award winning Italian actress, Sophia Loren’s journey in films has been one of remarkable glory and honour. Her artistic talent and skills earned her not only prestigious awards and recognition but made her a global icon
Sophia Loren’s striking beauty and charismatic looks have gained her a place in World’s Most Attractive Women of All Times list. Her journey into films began with a role of an extra in the 1951 flick ‘Quo Vadis’. Her breakthrough performance came for the 1953 film Aida. However, it was the 1954 blockbuster success ‘The Gold of Naples’ that established Loren as one of the up-and-coming stars of Italian cinema. Loren’s five-movie deal with Paramount Pictures gave her international exposure but it wasn’t until her performance as Cesira, her best role ever, in Vittorio De Sica's ‘Two Women’ that Loren became a sensation. The film helped her earn her first Academy Award.
Over the course of her career, Loren has had both hits and misses. Her successful films include, ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’, ‘Marriage Italian Style’, ‘Sunflower’, ‘The Voyage’, and ‘A Special Day’. ‘Man of La Mancha’ was a major flop both but made it to the NBR’s list of Ten Best Films of 1972. It also gained two Golden Globe nominations.
After being denounced by the Gestapo, a German war criminal hides in a secluded house owned by his rich father, for over 15 years, thinking that the war is still going on.
A war film set in 1941 during the Battle of the Atlantic, the film The Key is based on the 1951 novel Stella written by Jan de Hartog. The movie, which tells the love story of a former tugboat captain, was one of the most popular films in Britain in 1958.
Also referred to as Too Bad She’s Bad, the movie follows young and beautiful con-woman Lina Stroppiani, who with two other accomplices tries to steal a cab from taxi driver, Paolo Silvestrelli. There are much unexpected consequences when he realizes what they are up to.
Rose, a widowed florist with a son, and Frank a widower with a grown up daughter, want to get married. But Frank’s daughter, Mary, who has been looking after her father, is dead against it. On the other hand, Rose’s son Ralph, now living in a farm for troubled boys, is looking forward to the wedding because he will be released from Rose and Frank’s joint custody only after that.
Anna is a nun and a nurse working at a hospital. One day a man is brought in, after he suffers a car accident. Things get interesting since the man turns out to be her former lover, and is the main reason she chose to become a nun.
During a trip to the countryside, ill-tempered Spanish prince, Rodrigo, encounters a flying monk who foretells his future and directs him towards peasant Italian girl, Isabella, who refuses him. Soon, the King orders him to choose among seven princesses within a week and organizes a week-long celebration, which draws Isabella, while the prince searches for her in the countryside.
Ephraim Cabot, the old owner of the New England farm, is hated by his three sons from two previous marriages. He has made them work really hard without any promise of a bright future. So when he marries for the third time, two of them leave, while the third, Eben, begins an illicit relationship with Anna, the new bride.
This drama film takes us to 1944, during the time of the Second World War. The film tells the story of Kay, the mistress of a millionaire industrialist, who uses her to help him influence his contacts at the Pentagon. While travelling from Miami to New York City, by train, she and her friend meet a young American paratrooper named Red, who she eventually falls in love with.
Also known as Five Miles to Midnight, the movie follows Lisa Macklin who intends to leave her abusive husband, Robert. Soon Robert is reported dead in a plane crash but is alive and wants to collect his life insurance. He convinces Lisa to help but when he refuses to leave her alone, she takes desperate measures.
A woman attempts to commit suicide after learning that her boyfriend is married. However, her life is saved by a priest. She tries to date him, and the priest is unable to resist her charm. He realizes that his vow of celibacy is the main problem in their relationship.
Tom Healy, owner of the Healy Dramatic Company arrives in Cheyenne while trying to stay away from debt collectors. However, Tom and leading actress Angela get embroiled in more perilous situations and gunslinger Clint Marby gets involved, becoming a rival to Tom’s affections for Angela.
Max and John are two friends who like to go fishing together. They attempt to save their favorite bait shop from turning into a restaurant.
Luca, a mill runner, and Carmela, a beautiful woman, are married to each other. However, Carmela’s beauty soon captivates Teofilo, a corrupt governor, who wants to have her. He then gets Luca arrested and tries to seduce his wife. However, Carmella resists his advances and does her best to free Luca.
After Adriana’s husband, Antonio is killed in a car crash, his brother Cesare, who once loved Adriana, starts trying to woo her. Things get even more complicated when she falls ill and a doctor finds that her disease is incurable.
Just before the Second World War and the rise of the dictators, two men fall in love with the same woman. Because of the changes in their country’s politics, three of them are forced to take a journey across the ocean to New York City.
A film based on the novel The Algonquin Project by Frederick Nolan, Brass Target revolves around the historical event of Gen. George S. Patton's German automobile crash. Even though the crash was initially believed to be an accident, the film suggests that it was a conspiracy.
This drama film tells the story of a Jewish woman who survived a concentration camp, and decides to track down her Nazi ex-husband who had betrayed her. She soon comes to know that a British major may know where her ex-husband is located.
Elegant at 80 years, Lady Lendale relates her life’s romantic adventures to biographer Sir Percy. Basically from Corsica, she meets and falls for anarchist Armand while working as a laundress in Paris. Later, she marries the smitten aristocrat, Lord Lendale, on the condition of saving Armand from jail after attempted assassination of a Prince. But her wealthy, upper-class life hides a secret.
Austrian Princess, Olympia, falls in love with Pittsburg mining engineer Charlie Foster who is not of noble birth. But her father Prince Philip wants her to marry the Prince of Prussia. With a royal scandal breathing down the neck, will true love survive?
Based on the life of Attila the Hun, the film begins with Attila leading his soldiers towards the Italian peninsula. Meanwhile Roman emperor Valentinian III is busy with parties while the court ladies are busy conspiring against him. It now falls upon his mother, Galla Placidia, and his trusted general, Flavius Aetius, to save Rome from total destruction.
Two Italian coworkers fall in love; but cannot marry because he is married and Italy does not permit divorce. So he moves to the USA and the lady follows him four years later. The problem is that the US customs will not allow the mortadella she has brought with her and she will not leave without it. Meanwhile she meets a reporter.
Penurious opera singer Pasquale Lojacono and his beautiful wife, Maria, who have no house of their own, get to live free of charge in an ancient palace believed to be haunted. On finding food and gifts in the house, Pasquale naively believes that the ghosts are bestowing the gifts. Actually it is Maria’s suitor who wants to keep his love in luxury.
Guido Contini, the gifted Italian film director, has only few days before he starts his new ambitious venture, but he doesn’t have a story for it yet. With his personal and professional life in chaos, he escapes to a resort and desperately tries to find an inspiration from his relationships with various women…..his wife, his mistress, his agent, his muse and mother.
When a chemist is killed by a letter bomb, his wife suspects his employer, a reclusive billionaire, to be the assassinator. Eventually FBI takes up the case and a former mafia man is hired to track down the suspect in Antigua. The victim’s wife also chips in, helping the team to locate her husband’s murderer. But is revenge her only motive?
Sophia Loren Awards
|La ciociara||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1962|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1977|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1969|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1965|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1964|
|La ciociara||Best Foreign Actress||1962|
|Winner||Best Spoken Word Album for Children||2004|