Woman of the Red Sea

Woman of the Red Sea or Africa Under the Seas (Italian: Africa sotto i mari) is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Giovanni Roccardi and starring Sophia Loren, Steve Barclay and Umberto Melnati.[1]

Woman of the Red Sea
Directed byGiovanni Roccardi
Produced byGoffredo Lombardo
Written byFerdinando Contestabile
Alessandro De Stefani
Giovanni Roccardi
Giuliano Tomei
StarringSofia Lazzaro
Steve Barclay
Umberto Melnati
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
CinematographyAngelo Jannarelli
Edited byMario Serandrei
Phoenix Film
Release date
20 March 1953
Running time
90 minutes

For the release of the film Loren, who had up to this point acted as Sofia Lazzaro, adopted her new screen name by which she became famous. This was partly in imitation of the then better-known Swedish actress Märta Torén.[2] Loren learned to swim for the role, and spent much of her screen time in a bathing suit.[3] This led one critic to worry that she was being turned into an Italian Esther Williams.[4]

The film's sets were designed by Ottavio Scotti.


The troublesome daughter of an American millionaire accompanies him aboard his yacht on a deep sea diving expedition in the Red Sea and falls in love with the captain.



  1. Segrave & Martin p.52
  2. Fischer & Landy p.81
  3. Carotenuto p.65
  4. Fischer & Landy p.81


  • Marinella Carotenuto. Sofia Loren. The quintessence of being an italian woman.. Mediane, 2009.
  • Lucy Fischer & Marcia Landy. Stars: The Film Reader. Psychology Press, 2004.
  • Kerry Segrave & Linda Martin. The continental actress: European film stars of the postwar era--biographies, criticism, filmographies, bibliographies. McFarland, 1990.

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