|More Than a Miracle|
|Directed by||Francesco Rosi|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
|Starring||Omar Sharif |
Dolores del Río
|Cinematography||Pasqualino De Santis|
|Music by||Piero Piccioni|
More Than a Miracle (Italian: C'era una volta) is a 1967 film also titled Cinderella Italian Style and Happily Ever After. It stars Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif and Dolores del Río. The movie has a fairy tale narrative. Filmed in the countryside outside Naples, Francesco Rosi directed and Carlo Ponti produced. The theme music was a hit for Roger Williams, reaching #2 on Billboard's survey. Sergio Franchi recorded the title song (written by Kusik; Snyder; Piccioni) on his 1968 RCA Victor album, I'm a Fool To Want You.
The film recounts the misadventures of a beautiful and temperamental village girl Isabella (Sophia Loren) and an ill-tempered Spanish prince, Rodrigo (Omar Sharif). The prince is a risk taker, avoiding his parents' wishes for him to marry.
One day while riding a horse in the countryside, he is thrown and walks to a hill where he sees a man floating around above laughing children. The man gives him a donkey and some flour, telling him someone will make him seven dumplings. On the way back, he meets Isabella. He is very much attracted to her, but she rejects him.
The king of Spain orders Rodrigo to choose a wife among seven Italian princesses within seven days, and for that he arranges a gathering, despite his attraction to Isabella. She joins the cooking team for the seven-day function while the prince searches for her in the countryside. With the help of witches and saints, Isabella finally conquers the heart of her prince and marries him.
- Omar Sharif as Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
- Sophia Loren as Isabella Candeloro
- Dolores del Río as Queen Mother
- Georges Wilson as Jean-Jacques Bouché 'Monzu'
- Leslie French as Brother Giuseppe da Copertino
- Marina Malfatti as Olimpia Capece Latro, princess Altamura
- Carlo Pisacane as the witch
- Giacomo Furia as friar