IFF14: Too Bad She's Bad (Peccato che sia una canaglia)


The Main 3 Sat, Mar 4, 2023 11:00 AM
Film Info
Original Title:Peccato che sia una canaglia
Program:Italian Film Festival
Release Year:1954
Runtime:95 min
Print Source:Cineteca di Bologna
Il Cinema Ritrovato “On Tour”
Director:Alessandro Blasetti
Producer:Gianni Hect Lucari
Cinematographer:Aldo Giordani
Screenwriter:Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Alessandro Continenza
Ennio Flaiano
Composer:Alessandro Cicognini
Principal Cast:Sophia Loren
Marcello Mastroianni
Vittorio De Sica.


Presented in partnership with Twin Cities Film Archive Project and Il Cinema Ritrovato “On Tour.”

About Too Bad She's Bad

Alessandro Blasetti, a great director whose eclectic career spans half a century of cinema, gave Sophia Loren her first major role in a feature film, right after she appeared in an episode of the anthology film L’oro di Napoli. It was yet another brilliant role as a strong-willed and seductive woman capable of standing up to men.

Inspired by an Alberto Moravia story, the film is a typical sentimental excursion into ‘pink neorealism’ set in a working-class Italy on its way towards new consumerism. With the aid of accomplices, Loren tries to steal the car of a naive taxi driver. Seduced by her charm, the taxi driver takes her to the police station, but she gets away and he then sets out in search of her gang.

"Beauty is not a curse, it is a gift from heaven, which must be used wisely; the protagonist of Peccato che sia una canaglia, the working-class successor of high-society fortune hunters of the past, knows how to manage and juggle men – even if, mind you, none of her cheating tricks ever seriously compromise her purity of heart." (Vittorio Spinazzola, Cinema e pubblico, Bompiani, Milan 1974).

It was also the first encounter between a couple that would become wildly successful in the decades to come: Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (who appears here in his first comedy role). But we cannot forget, as in so many titles of the time, an extraordinary Vittorio De Sica in the role of the girl’s father, an old-school thief. "The spark between us was immediate… We played our roles guided by instinct, and with a panache that for me was a revelation… De Sica set the tone; Marcello and I immediately went along with it, imbuing our acting with verve and subtlety that characterized the many films we would make together later on" (Sophia Loren).
––Emiliano Morreale

The Twin Cities Archival Film Project (TCFAP) is dedicated to bringing rare, unseen archival films from around the globe to movie screens in the Twin Cities. Our events facilitate public education, collective community, and open conversation about how the archives of film history can help us to imagine different worlds and alternative futures.

In May 2023, TCFAP will present Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour at The Main Cinema in Minneapolis. Stay tuned for details. 


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