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on 23 December 2009
Vittorio De Sica's trilogy is the ultimate Loren film in which she plays a feisty Neapolitan vendor of black-market cigarettes who keeps getting pregnant in order to stay out of jail; the rich-bitch wife of a Milanese industrialist having an affair with a struggling writer; and a Roman call-girl who arouses unholy thoughts in a naive young seminarian in the adjacent apartment. The third episode is undoubtedly the best, with Loren's steamy bedroom striptease as possibly the sexiest thing ever filmed. Oh, and Mastroianni is excellent,too,in his three contrasting roles as over-taxed husband,out-of-his depth lover, and lusty but frustrated client.
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on 12 April 2009
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and, no doubt, for years to come, this film will give you enormous pleasure. How could it fail? The Loren, Mastroianni, De Sica combination is fail-proof. La Loren, as always, lights up the screen with her undeniable beauty; brilliant, open hearted, gutsy and generous performance; and her versatility. Mastroianni is certainly her equal in all respects. Two actors who could steal any scene, Loren and Mastroianni play so beautifully and generously in all of their films together, comedy or drama, from "A Special Day" to "Marriage Italian Style" they deserve to be called the greatest screen couple of all time. It must have been a joy for the Master, De Sica, to direct them.

I happened to watch this DVD the night after watching "Bicycle Thieves" so was once again struck by the awesome intelligence, compassion, and versatility of De Sica. A true Master of the cinema.

Finally, this high-definition restoration of the film truly adds to the enjoyment of watching it.
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NB - As is their wont, Amazon have unhelpfully bundled the reviews for the various different releases and formats of this film together. This review refers to Kino Lorber's US Blu-ray release.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow grabbed the Best Foreign Film Oscar and was a big hit with international audiences, and while it's far from high art, it's not difficult to understand why. It's a glossy crowd-pleasing trio of sex comedies starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni that, by the sheer virtue of being foreign, gets away with far more than Hollywood pictures of the day could. Not that it's that risqué by modern standards, but it makes no bones about what its stars are really after. In the first, Adelina, Loren is one of the legion of women selling contraband cigarettes on the streets of Naples who finds that she can stay out of jail as long as she is pregnant - so she sets husband Mastroianni to ensuring that she's always pregnant whenever the police arrive every 15 months: fine at first, but after six children he can barely stand... The second and shortest, Anna, sees Loren's rich trophy wife trying to convince Mastroianni's journalist that she's not really interested in money only for an accident in her new Rolls Royce to test her real priorities. The final story, Mara, is the one that earned the film its place in the iconic scenes Hall of Fame for the striptease Loren's high-class courtesan performs for Mastroianni's pervy civil servant (something the filmmakers were smart enough to keep for the film's grand finale). It's really almost an afterthought to the plot itself, which sees the disapproving next-door neighbours' grandson decide to chuck in life in the seminary in favour of more earthly pursuits with La Loren...

Unusually for the continental anthology films of the period, Vittorio De Sica directs all three tales, and shows a light, populist touch and a great eye for his locations that yields pleasing results. None of the stories are particularly outstanding in themselves, but they're all played and packaged so likeably that it doesn't matter. Loren and Mastroianni bring different sides of their talents to all three of their roles while oozing screen chemistry together in the process - both stars have rarely been as likeable as they are in the first story - and the whole thing is perfectly packaged. Giuseppe Rotunno's colourful Scope photography and the pleasing score by Armamdo Trovajoli, who cameos as the sports car driver in the second story, keeping things bright, breezy and attractive regardless of the characters' income brackets - De Sica may have made his name with The Bicycle Thieves, but he'd left neo-realism far enough behind by then to ensure that even the poor sections of Naples look gorgeous.

The film has a very chequered history on DVD, with many atrocious Public Domain releases boasting poor picture quality or dubbed soundtracks. Kino Lorber's region-free English subtitled Italian language Blu-ray release may not be perfect, but it's almost certainly the best the film has looked on home video, with a very respectable 2.35:1 transfer that isn't quite as good as some might like but certainly does the film's rich colour scheme justice even if the definition shows the limitations of the cost-cutting Techniscope process used to shoot the film (often dubbed the poor man's CinemaScope, instead of squeezing the image on a single frame with an anamorphic lens, it would print two unsqueezed images on the same area with an ordinary lens, thus using only half the amount of film stock but also ensuring a loss of picture quality as well). A decent package of extras includes the film's Italian trailer (which includes an alternate take of the striptease) as well as trailers for Kino's other Loren titles, a brief stills gallery and, on a separate DVD, a feature length documentary on the director, Vittorio D, which includes interviews with Loren, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen and others.
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on 29 May 2008
This is one of my favorite of Sophia Loren's flim, and like the previous review it is a wonderful film with beautiful acting and Sophia Loren looks so fabulous in all three films. Also to see sceneries of Rome and the country side in the Sixties, I just love it. The quality of the Dvd is excellent, with its original wide screen presentation, also you have a choice of the original in Italian with superb picture quality indeed. Happy Sophia's fan.......
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on 11 March 2013
Not happy at all ... I purchased this in good faith and what I've got is a really bad DVD with dubbed audio .. Looks like its taped from video!! Anyone suggest where I can find an Italian copy with eng subs with a restored picture??
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Loren plays three different women in three different mini 'films within a film' - a poor woman, a rich playgirl and a temptress wracked by Catholic guilt. The final tantalizing striptease (pretty tame in an absolute sense) is a marvel and must have really got blood pressures soaring at the time. It's pretty good even in 2013. But apart from a feast for male eyes, the film is beautiful and classy in many ways. Beautiful colour and beautiful cinematography.
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on 26 February 2013
No original Italian audio available.
The quality of image is poor.
The DVD is not worth the money at all.
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on 30 November 2010
I remember seeing this many years ago in Italy at a cinema and it has stayed in my mind ever since.

This version, with English subtitles, will make it accessible to a much wider audience who can now appreciate what a superb comedy film this is.

It consists of 3 short films, each with the same leading actors, but in three different settings, one in Naples, one on a motorway near Milan and one in Rome. Sophia Loren and Marchello Mastroianni work perfectly together to make this one of the best Italian comedy films ever made.
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on 11 April 2008
My favorite star in my favorite film; "Ieri,Oggi,Domani" is one of those italian films, where you can almost smel of olive-oil. I have this restored version, and picture quality is brilliant- as movie itself. In three episodes Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni shines at their best on the guidance of master director of italian neo-realism; Vittorio De Sica. I don't understand the review of this item on USA-amazon-site; DVD-is very good-even at a large screen I have.
Sophia Loren-fan/Finlad
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on 22 August 2014
Don't buy the studio; "Epi", ASIN: B0002C4ISQ, DVD.
It's is worse than a bad vhs tape.
I should be forbidden to make good movies in sutch a BAD quality.
You can have it in good quality from other compagnies.
And in HD from german television where I have seen this great film.
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