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A Fiasco in Three Acts

Act I

"He is alive! I tell you, he is alive!" screams Giovanna (Sophia Loren). She is a woman with the exuberant breasts and thighs of a Gaston Lachaise statue, the eyes of a Modigliani portrait; perhaps that is why no one listens to her voice. Years ago, she and a soldier, Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), were married. He was sent to the Russian front; she returned to her village. The war ended; Antonio was left behind on a frozen Russian landscape. Now there are gray spiderwebs in the...

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