This is the long version of a commercial by Dolce & Gabbana for their newest scent, Dolce Rosa Excelsa. The mini-movie stars none other than Sophia Loren, who finds a decrepit Italian villa and restores it with the assistance of a gaggle of strapping, periodically shirtless, eventually soaking-wet young men. They’re not enough to distract you from Ms. Loren, though. Although she is now 81, she continues to command your full attention whenever she’s on screen, no matter what shenanigans are going on elsewhere in the frame. I was a bit disappointed to see that like the villa, Herself has had some work done, but she’s still Sophia, no matter how duck-like her smile these days.
And of course, I can’t resist a behind-the-scenes video!
I wasn’t surprised that the house of D&G used her for the film, since their October 2015 collection was famously inspired by her style in the 1950’s. What a knock-out!