Friday, 16 April 2010

Watch Sophia Loren's mambo - the antidote for air traffic woe and the General Election

We are living here in Britain in history-making times. UK air space is closed because of the danger posed to aircraft by clouds of volcanic ash from Iceland, while last night the leaders of our three main political parties held a television debate for the first time prompted by May 6th’s General Election.
But rather than say the obvious – in the first instance it is good to be reminded that we dismiss the power of nature at our peril and in the second that such televised political contests are long overdue – I’m going to share with you a little piece of movie heaven. It is a 48 seconds film clip in which a 21-year-old Sophia Loren dances the mambo.
With my mother at home caring for my baby sister, some Saturday evenings I would accompany my father to the ‘pictures’. He had a taste for foreign films – the only title I remember from more than half a century ago was ‘The Wages of Fear’. The scene, though, that stayed most firmly in my mind was Sophia Loren dancing the mambo with Vittoria De Sica.
I don’t know why I didn’t track it down before now; it was easy enough given the magic of the Internet.
The movie was the third in the comedy series ‘Pane, amore, e’ (Bread, love, and…) The background to the comedy is interesting – Loren replaced Gina Lollobrigida - and more detail is available on this excellent link.
The film was made in 1955, which means I would have been 10 or 11 when I saw it with my father. Puberty may have already struck; certainly the image of her sensuous mambo was downloaded to my mental hard drive, so to speak.
Loren’s stunning looks launched her film career and she had a natural talent for comedy. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that in 1962 she won the Oscar for best actress for her performance in the harrowing war drama ‘Two Women’ – the first time it had been awarded for a non-English-speaking role.


  1. Excellent clip. Puts modern day pin-ups like jennifer aniston and J-Lo into perspective. P

  2. P, I take your point but both the ladies you mention have enjoyed deserved longevity. Your case would have been better made if you had taken a look at the top 5 in lad-mag FHM's latest poll of the world's sexiest women which in descending order lists Cheryl Cole, Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Britney Spears, and Keeley Hazell.


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