Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bombshells of the Silver Screen 4 Movie Pack|
Actors: Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Brigitte Bardot, Virna Lisi, Elke Sommer
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James P. (bluebolt7) from AMERICUS, GA
Reviewed on 3/12/2010...
Bombshells Of The Silver Screen contains the following four films.....
Corny (Lino Ventura) is the captain of a rum- running boat during the U.S. Prohibition era, which ended before talking pictures were introduced. In his spare time, he haunts his local cinema, and his favorite actress is the divine Linda (Brigitte Bardot). Through a series of accidents, he finally gets to meet her in the flesh, and woo her. Their romance is obstructed by his bosses and her other suitors, but they keep trying to spend time together. Finally, the demands of stardom intervene. Corny goes back to his boat and sighs over the movie screen as before. - Approx. 125 minutes
Sophia Loren stars as Cesira, a devoted mother and a successful small business owner. When the Allies begin bombing Mussolini's Rome, Cesira and her 13 year old daughter, Rosetta (Eleonara Brown), travel by train and foot to the countryside where Cesira was born. The two women find food and shelter with other fugitives, and stand witness to some of the horrors of war. Resting inside of a Church, mother and daughter are discovered and gang raped by a cruel band of soldiers. Rosetta is traumatized, and temporarily becomes mute. Before long, Rosetta's true feelings come to the surface in an outpouring of grief. - Approx. 99 minutes
Gina Lollobrigida in her considerable prime, stars as Paolina Bonaparte, Napoleon's wanton, sensuous sister. We see Paolina through many affairs and her unhappy marriage of state. Her hot Corsican dalliance with Jules De Canouville (Stephen Boyd) ruins Paolina's status in court. Freudian scholars may be interested in the subliminal "jealousy" angle involving brother Napoleon (Raymond Pellegrin). - Approx. 121 minutes
The Doll That Took The Town
The "doll" in this Italian serio-comedy is played by bombshell Virna Lisi. Craving attention, Virna claims that she has been robbed and assaulted. Thanks to this artifice, she becomes a celebrity, and then a high-priced model. Her chickens come home to roost when three innocent men are arrested and charged for the non-existent robbery and rape. Virna is all for keeping her mouth shut, but her resolve is weakened by Haya Harareet, the wife of one of the accused. - Approx. 81 minutes
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 08/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BRENTWOOD Movie Packs offer a variety of cinematic genres at bargain prices. Video transfers of their "B" movies are pretty decent, as is sound.
"Bombshell" was once used to describe actresses like Loren, Lollobrigida, Bardot, Sommer and Lisi. Presented here on two double-sided DVDs are four prime examples of vintage European cinema showcasing the above beautiful ladies (who were also fine actresses).
"The Doll That Took The Town" - A sex/comedy consisting of four unrelated segments. Gorgeous European actresses in a very 60s, very continental romp.
"Imperial Venus" - The story of Napoleon Bonaparte's devoted sister as portrayed by sex kitten Gina Lollobrigida.
"Rum Runners" - A Prohibition-era captain of an alcohol transport vessel becomes infatuated with (and eventually meets) a beautiful silent-screen actress.
"Two Women" - Sophia Loren's Oscar-winning turn in an atypically unglamorous role. A mother and daughter flee Rome for a small village during WWII, but the war follows them there.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(6.4) The Doll That Took The Town (Italy/France-1965) - Virna Lisi/Elke Sommer/Gina Lollobrigida/Akim Tamiroff
(5.0) Imperial Venus (Italy/France-1963) - Gina Lollobrigida/Stephen Boyd/Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
(5.7) Rum Runners (France/Italy/Spain-1971) - Brigitte Bardot/Lino Ventura/Bill Travers
(7.9) Two Women (Italy/France-1960) - Sophia Loren/Jean-Paul Belmondo/Raf Vallone"
"Bombshells" is a Bomb, unfortunately...
4-Legged Defender | ATL. GA. | 03/02/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Reading the details of this release and you`re immediately sucked in to the promise/satisfaction of seeing 5 of Europe`s most alluring leading ladies - Sophia Loren, Gina Lollabrigida, Elke Sommer, Virna Lisi and Brigitte Bardot - so it`s a done deal, and in your mailbox shortly thereafter. The harsh reality unveils itself as soon as you pop it in the dvd player - the prints are washed-out, some edited poorly w/ jumpy picture stabilization, almost all in B+W, almost all in pan and scan. Bummer of the highest order, and the movies aren`t great either, except for 'Two Women', and I`ve purchased 3 different copies of this film, and ALL of the print sources were abyssmal, so I don`t think a solid source worth keeping even exists (same w/ 'Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow', another great film w/ nothing but lousy copies floating about). I got mine incredibly cheap so I didn`t feel too victimized by the purchase, but traded it in as soon as I sat bored throughout the viewings, still hopeful for something worthwhile to convince me to keep it in my vast collection. That didn`t happen, so pass on this one and seek something else out for your enjoyment and collection."