Loren rose to fame as a comedic actress whose curvaceous figure made her a sex symbol embodying the ideal of Italian femininity. However Loren’s acting abilities and timeless elegance soon sealed her position as an Italian icon, unmatched by any other. In 1960, Loren became the first Italian woman to win an Oscar for her performance in La Ciocciara, directed by Vittorio De Sica.
In this image, Loren is both transfixed, and on the brink of some sort of energetic explosion. She is holding back a hysteria, a scream, and her diverted eyes deny us the object of her emotion. We are forced to imagine and to fanticise the cause. Despite any indication of cause in the film, this still image defies a plot, and forces its audience to both create and step into the fantastic situation.
In this case, the implied
'factualism' of photography are
exactly what provoke the
viewer to imagine, and all the
while seep further into a
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Sophia Loren in 'I sequestrati di Altona'
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
19.1 x 24.1 cms (7.51 x 9.47 ins)