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dates: February - March 1953
(Amneris) - voice of Ebe Stignani
Antonio Cassinelli (Ramphis) - voice of Giulio Neri
Afro Poli (Amonasro) - voice of Gino Bechi
Maria De Matteis
Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Renzo Rossellini
Gregor Rabinovich - Production: Oscar Films
Sophia receives top billing for the second time with Aida.
role of Aida was originally
intended for Gina Lollobrigida who
refused it because her singing would be dubbed. It is the first time
Sophia's career crosses paths with that of Lollobrigida, who will be
rival througout the 1950's.
Sophia gives all her
earnings from the movie to her father for his consent to give his name
to her sister Maria.
In 1955, India's
censors snip the equivalent of 13 minutes of the film from scenes
showing Sophia because of overexposure of her charms.
Aida receives excellent reviews from "The New York Times" and breaks the box-office record in its first week at the Little Carnegie Playhouse and goes on to run for several months.
“Director Clemente Fracassi gets a bit carried away with epic splendor and the opulent color format, but fans of Loren and opera novices should find the film rewarding. Despite Loren's lauded performance, the role of Aida was originally intended for Gina Lollobrigida.”
Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide.
Loren, the handsome
girl who plays the dark-skinned and regal Aida, might just as well be
the glorious airs that actually come from the throat of Renata Tebaldi
been synchronised to her lip movements... The advantage is that a fine
set to a stunning form and face, which is most gratifying (and
in the operatic realm.”
the film, Sophia sports
a heavy tan, intended to suggest outdoor labor, wildness, and
exoticism; it is a look that works
nearly froze to death. The scenes were supposed to
be in sultry
Loren gives a vital, thoroughly convincing portrayal of the
Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, flexible in transition from mood to mood...
Miss Loren and Poli particularly sustain remarkably the
illustion of singing."
joy to the eye and ear... Sophia Loren is a little bundle of frenzied