Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963)

Antonella and I watched Vittorio de Sica’s 1963 comedy Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani) last night, and it was a lot of fun. It’s an anthology film consisting of three short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. Both Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni play the various couples for all three shorts, and they were awesome. I enjoyed all three stories, but the  second one where Loren plays the rich wife of a Milanese industrialist and Mastroianni her timid lover was brilliant. A terse, poignant and somewhat surreal critique of the bourgeoisie. It almost seemed like de Sica was dialing up some Antonioni and Bunuel at the same time.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1964. It’s currently streaming on netflix, and if you are looking for something to watching, it comes highly recommended.

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