The third and final film that Mastroianni made with Sophia Loren under Vittorio De Sica’s direction is a sublimely stirring saga of lovers swept up in the tide of history. In the midst of World War II, Giovanna (Loren) and Antonio (Mastroianni) marry hastily just days before he’s shipped off to fight on the Russian front. After years go by without word from her husband, Giovanna travels to Moscow (where the film was shot on location) to find him, a search that culminates in an exquisitely understated, dark-and-stormy-night climax. The pervading air of romantic melancholy is borne along on the swelling strains of Henry Mancini’s Oscar-nominated score. 35mm print from Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
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