Sophia Loren remembers Marcello Mastroianni at Cannes

Cannes, May 20 – Film legend Sophia Loren took center stage Monday evening at a Cannes Film Festival dinner honoring the film icon and her nearly seven-decade career. Loren was awarded the 2014 Guest of Honor for Cannes Classics, a festival selection dedicated to the heritage of film.
While at the dinner, Loren shared memories and nostalgia, including some involving celluloid counterpart Marcello Mastroianni.
“He was an amazing man with a great sense of humor and when we got tired, he would begin to tell jokes. It was 20 years of work and fun”, said Loren. Mastroianni, whose face is appearing everywhere in the monumental official festival poster, was Loren’s on-screen partner for more than 20 years. The duo starred in 12 films together.
“Of all my films with Marcello and Vittorio (De Sica), I remember the smallest detail, everything”, said Loren, adding “when filming certain scenes you already know that you are never going to forget them”.
Director Edoardo Ponti, Loren’s son, accompanied her to the dinner, and has a film in the Classics upcoming line-up. Ponti’s La Voce Umana (The Human Voice), will be presented on Tuesday and stars Loren in the short-film adaptation of the Jean Cocteau play. The actress described how she had long desired to interpret the role, taking it up as a personal “challenge” after having seen Anna Magnani perform in Roberto Rossellini’s 1948 production.
“At the beginning of my career, it (the role) was a dream.
I said to myself I would do it. And now I’ve done it”, said Loren. Ponti described his mother as an “instinctive actress”, while she described Ponti as “an attentive, wonderful director who points out difficult stories”.
With her 80th birthday approaching this September, Loren said that she is doing well: “I feel full of energy and the desire to ‘do’, as always”. Additionally, the actress intimated that she has a secret project lined up, “I have a dream locked away – one thing I would like to do and have never done, and I can’t tell you any more”.
Included in Tuesday’s Cannes Classics screenings is Loren and Mastroianni’s Marriage Italian Style (1964), immediately following The Human Voice. On Wednesday, Loren will lead the sold-out Actress Masterclass, where she will recount her cinematic experiences and memories.
photos: Marriage Italian Style

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