11 July 2005 | dbdumonteil
Gina as Lina
Lollobrigida is a feast for the eye,but the screenplay leaves something to be desired.The movie is in turn:
-a biography of a prima donna at the dawn of the twentieth century.Or to be precise a biographical novel.A long and winding road where Lina learns that the way to the top might go through men's beds.
-a comedy:when she pays a visit to her sick mother at the hospital,she sees a priest come out of her bedroom;Gina fights a duel (you read well) with a rival.
-a romantic melodrama :Lina /Gina has a love affair with a nephew of czar Nicolas II who appears in the flesh with wife Alexandra.
-a whodunit !During a performance of "la Tosca" a murder is committed,and for Lina,the handsome nephew(see above) ,played by Vittorio Gassman,is a suspect.
You've got five movies for the price of one.And anyway Lollobrigida is so many women..