Monday, July 30, 2012

Sophia Loren..Cantiniere! (maybe)

I found this photo by accident. I looks more like Sophia Loren was doing a photo shoot with various costumes. Wouldn't you like to see a movie with Sophia Loren in her youth as a Cantiniere? She did a play a Napoleonic era laundress in Madame Sans-Gêne 1961.

From the toe shoes and tutu skirt this is a ballet costume. Perhaps meant for a portrayal of this ballet.

Rather than a Cantiniere, the costume is a Bersaglieri (click the picture to enlarge it.)

Speaking of Bersaglieri and Cantinieres, I found this other photo that I hoped was 19th Century.

Another source for the photo identified it as 1929 AND the fellow to her right of the Cantiniere is
Benito Mussolini.


  1. very interesting!
    I prefer Sophia than Benito!

  2. The guy to the right is Benito...or one of his many doubles :-D
    Those shoes and sock on Sophie ...not very complimentary..makes her feet look enormous!

  3. Ah Sophia ! she is such a cutie !