The glitter and cynicism of Rome under Mussolini provide the background of what is probably Alberto Moravia’s best and best-known novel — The Woman of Rome. It’s the story of Adriana, a simple girl with no fortune but her beauty who models naked for a painter, accepts gifts from men, and could never quite identify the moment when she traded her private dream of home and children for the life of a prostitute.
Features a trio of stories about sex, each starring Loren and Mastroianni). In the first vignette (Adelina of Naples), a woman avoids jail time by pumping out babies with a willing accomplice. In the second vignette (Anna of Milan), a pair of lovers are forced to work out their problems in a car. The third vignette (Mara of Rome) is the story of a prostitute who quits her best john for a man of the cloth.