MORE THAN A MIRACLE
CINDERELLA ITALIAN STYLE
(CEra una Volta)
More Than a Miracle is an appealing effort. There is a decidedly bizarre imagination at work in the parade of flying monks, prophecies concerning apple dumplings, marriage partner determination by dishwashing contest and the cackling MacBeth witches the film trots out. Director Francesco Rosi films the bare sunburned Italian countryside with great effect.
Of course, the greatest thing the film has on show is the lovely Sophia Loren who brings an earthy sensuality and naturalism to the part of a peasant girl there is a real fire to her performance that lights up the film. Omar Sharif has a handsome sexiness opposite her and he barnstorms admirably but the show remains hers. Sometimes the film lumbers the dubbing tends to flatten some of the performances out but it has the sheer sunniness of the open countryside, the voluptuous sensuality of Sophia Loren and manages to sparkle whenever it gets the chance to let its magic loose.
Trailer here (trailer itself does not start until 4:14):-