Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

This week's HMWYBS focuses on the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, an Italian anthology film. It's split into three segments, each starting Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Here are my best shots from each segment:


I love this shot because it plays on the theme of the first part. Having spent the majority of the film pregnant in order to evade a jail sentence, Adelina finally turns herself in after her husband Carmine is too exhausted to impregnate her for an eighth time. Even though she has technically been free the entire time, it is clear to the audience that Adelina and Cardine have been trapped in a different way, attempting to support themselves and their constantly expanding family. This shot is a beautifully framed depiction of that internal prison made real.


I honestly picked this shot because it's the first time we see Sophia Loren's face in the segment, and it was jarring to see her so high-fashion a few minutes prior. 


The final segment focuses on Mara, a prostitute, and Umberto, a young man studying for the priesthood. This conversation is, for me, the highlight of this segment (yes, moreso than the striptease), and this shot sets it up beautifully. 

1 comment:

  1. i almost went with that shot of loren in "anna" as well. there were so many great shots of her off to one side that i thought of making it a theme for all three...