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The Priest's Wife

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Father Don Mario has pledged obedience and celibacy. Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Especially when lovely Valeria Billi sets her dark brown eyes and romantic designs on him.
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni show why they are among the screen's most celebrated duos in this film that's part romantic comedy, part exploration of human and clerical frailties and 100% shiny star vehicle produced by Loren's filmmaker husband Carlo Ponti. Loren, The New York Times later noted, "alternately married, divorced, seduced and pined after [Mastroianni] in a total of 12 movies. Of these the most famous were Marriage, Italian Style; The Priest's Wife; and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

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  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Venantino Venantini, Gino Cavalieri, Giuseppe Maffioli
  • Directors: Dino Risi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ODIV0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(1971) Valeria (Sophia Loren) has just broken up with the man she's been dating for four years, seeing as how she just found out he's married and has a family all this time, by demolishing his car before verbally tearing him a new a*hole. Distraught, she goes home where she lives with her parents (which was still commonplace at that time in Italian households), heads to her room and begins ingesting twenty narcotic pills to end it all. The pills she begins to take are laid out on a magazine cover that has a suicide hotline ad displayed, and she phones it as a comically ironic last gesture. The person at the other end of the line is Prof. Don Mario (Marcello Mastroianni), who just happens to also be a priest. He advises her not to go through with it, but she continues to ingest the narcotics while they converse, ultimately passing out while still on the phone with him.

Father Don gets a phone call from the local hospital while teaching a classroom of Catholic hoodlums the next day, and is surprised to find out that Valeria was brought in for overdosing and has been calling his name incessantly since regaining consciousness. He takes the call and she implores him to visit her at the hospital. Reluctantly agreeing, he shows up and she finds out that he's a priest, but isn't deterred one bit from her attraction to him. She pursues him religiously (pun intended), and the comedic chemistry between these two iconic actors from the Silver Age of cinema , who have appeared together in a total of twelve films, is kicked into high gear for our amusement, enjoyment and, ultimately, befuddlement by the time the film ends. I wasn't prepared for the flick to end the way it did, as it fought the typical Hollywood prerequisite prevalent at that time in popular films.
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The Priest's Wife

The explosive chemistry between Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren is undeniable. Although this is not one of their best films together, it is still very good. Sophia is delightful as the hot tempered, scorned woman who fails at all her relationships and then sets her cap on a priest played by Marcello. Handsome Marcello is incredibly believable as the celibate, pious priest who tries to help Sofia while attempting to rebuke her advances. Of course he fails so the age old duplicity of priests is well highlighted. Very good movie, well worth a view.,
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Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni made a number of romantic comedies together, but this uneven 1970 film is the only one I've seen so far. Unfortunately, it's more dramedy than romantic comedy, with long stretches of uncertainty where the story can't quite decide what it wants to be. Ultimately, the movie turns out to be an overlong slog that's best saved for late-night television re-runs rather than a DVD purchase. But there are some good points in this English-language Italian production where many of the minor characters are badly dubbed.

First, on the positive side, the two leads are magnetic and charismatic, generating some real chemistry together. Loren is perfectly cast as the sensual woman obsessed with unavailable men who finally has the ultimate misfortune of falling in love with a Catholic priest; like her outfits, her facial expressions are incredibly varied and often funny in a very physical role. Mastroianni likewise nails the characterization of a brainy young priest who is unable to repress his feelings after Loren pursues him relentlessly; he realistically portrays the priest's slide from feeling flattered to becoming obsessed with this erratic woman -- a woman he initially tried to counsel through a hotline after she discovered her lover of four years was married and tried to kill herself. These two leads, evidently used to each other, really shine in capturing the human dynamics of their scenes together in an often uncomfortable and always realistically humorous way. They are masterful.

Second, the film demonstrates real complexity and nuance in many aspects. The immaturity of this budding romance between the superficial girl and the emotionally inexperienced priest is captured along with all of their cute little romantic moments.
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Well I love Sophia - And I love Mastroianni . A well written and acted film about a Priest who falls in love. I won't give away the ending but the plot and the actors made this a special story that was so well acted. It's one that I could watch over and over. Not many I can say that about.
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Who can resist these leading couple, the Italian equivalent of Hepburn & Tracy, Bogart and Bacall, with the pairing of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
They absolutely shine in their comedic genius and Sophia looks absolutely ravishing in her mod clothing. And WOW what a looker she is.
There is also some good camera work with some swell sights of late 60s/early 70s Italy
A definite must have for all Sophia and or Marcello fans.
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I like it but this is a drama. This would make a great tear jerker..I feel like the movie should have been more but they copped out due to fear of the church.
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