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The Priest's Wife Quotes

The Priest's Wife is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . The Priest's Wife ended in 1970.

It features Carlo Ponti as producer, Armando Trovajoli in charge of musical score, and Alfio Contini as head of cinematography.

The Priest's Wife is recorded in Italian and originally aired in Italy. Each episode of The Priest's Wife is 103 minutes long. The Priest's Wife is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: Marcello Mastroianni as Don Mario, Sophia Loren as Valeria Billi, and Gino Cavalieri as Don Filippo.

The Priest's Wife Quotes

Sophia Loren as Valeria Billi

  • (Sophia Loren) "I haven't told you, but, I've had two jobs offered me by a record company. Of course, now I'm a celebrity, the Priest's Wife. They'll do anything to sell records."
  • (Jimmy Guitar) "Why did you quit the music business?"
  • (Sophia Loren) "Well, it's a long story. Besides, now the public wants a skinny little kid, with no front, no behind and no voice. So --"
  • (Jimmy Guitar) "I don't care about the voice. But, there's got to be something behind -and something up front."
  • (Sophia Loren) "My father, when he's all there, said proceeding through channels is the longest possible way to get from one point to another. I took the short cut."
  • (Monsignor Caldana) "I refuse only to see those who bring shame on our children."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Excuse me, what shame? There's a sheep in your flock that belongs to me. Give me my sheep back and we'll call it quits."
  • (Monsignor Caldana) "The sheep already belongs to the Shepard."
  • (Sophia Loren) "And if one of them gets tired of grazing. If one of them says, listen here, Shepard, I don't like your grass anymore, it doesn't agree with me, I'd rather have coffee and cake. You shouldn't try to stop him."
  • (Sophia Loren) "When will I see you?"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "I don't know. May I be frank, Valeria? It isn't proper for a priest to go running around with a girl as; as exuberant as you."
  • (Sophia Loren) "You find me attractive? Really?"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "I really have to go, Valeria."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Well, wait, Don Mario. Maybe what embarrasses you is the skirt? Mine, I mean. It's too short, isn't it?"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "I never noticed; but, frankly, the skirt is too short."
  • (Sophia Loren) "I was a singer in a pop group, The Dropouts. We worked dance halls on Sundays. Then, the Dropouts got drafted into the army and the group broke up. Besides, I was thinking Maurizio and I were going to get married. I've got some money in the bank. Instead, I was left with no job, no money, and no marriage."
  • (Sophia Loren) "I got busy, I did something. I didn't just hang around and chew my fingernails."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Oh, there's a jinx on me. They're all married. One to a wife. The other to the Church."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Oh God. It's the story of my life. One doesn't tell me he's married. The other one doesn't tell me he's a priest."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Don Mario, is being lonely really a problem for being a priest? It is, isn't it? I mean, being lonely in the middle of a crowd, that's the loneliness of the priest and it's the hardest to bare. I read it at the beauty parlor."
  • (Sophia Loren) "I like being with you? Do you mind?"
  • (Sophia Loren) "Can't you see for yourself how unlucky I am? I even got stuck on your voice; and it was the voice of a priest. I'm so unlucky."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Excuse me if I embarrass you sometimes."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "No."
  • (Sophia Loren) "But, it's because I'm happy. Like now. I know, I know there can't be anything between us, but friendship."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "Of course. What else could there be? And what is more beautiful than friendship between a woman and a man?"
  • (Sophia Loren) "Well, there might be other things too."
  • (Monsignor Caldana) "You realize what you're saying?"
  • (Sophia Loren) "Yes, that I'm in love with a man and want to marry him."
  • (Monsignor Caldana) "You want to marry a man whose already married to the church. No decent woman would even begin to think that --"
  • (Sophia Loren) "But, I didn't say that I was a decent girl. I said I was in love."

Marcello Mastroianni as Don Mario

  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "Come on, Valeria, would you like it if I told you straight out that the dress you have on is vulgar, that you're hairdo looks terrible and that you're putting on weight?"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "I would like to point out that things are changing. In the 16th Century they were still arguing about whether women had souls. Today, women even have the right to stand at the alter, next to the priest."
  • (Monsignor Caldana) "But, they have not started to go to bed with them."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "Unfortunately, they have."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "A beautiful voice is a gift of God. And these days, it can even end as an investment. Look at Barbra Streisand."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "I've been told, the way my request is being handled, well, it will go through without a single hitch. All my papers are in order."
  • (Sophia Loren) "Then when can we; how long before you get the dispensation?"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "Oh, soon. Soon, soon. they promised it soon. The Bishop told me so. Of course, he said, don't rush things."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "Where's the crayfish? Crayfish is the king of the fish soup."
  • (Sophia Loren) "It smells delicious."
  • (Unnamed) "Alright, it's the king of the soup; but, we're in a republic."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "What sort of work would you like to do then?"
  • (Sophia Loren) "The only thing I know how to do is sing. Before I worked with The Dropouts, I was with Cycles and before that with The Trippers. Those are music groups."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "I gathered as much."
  • (Sophia Loren) "I was a pop singer before; then, I switched to romantic. It suited me better. Do you want me to hum something for you?"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "If you like."
  • (Sophia Loren) "My passion, my passion, my passion, My passion, my passion, my passion, It's hard to say when I miss you, It's only because I always do, My passion --"
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "My passion, my passion. The concept is very clear."
  • (Marcello Mastroianni) "Look, I can't come here to you and say straight out what's on my mind. Besides being a priest, I'm a man. A mature man. Not a boy. I have a certain reserve that makes me beat around the bush. It's true. I beat around the bush."

Gino Cavalieri as Don Filippo

  • (Gino Cavalieri) "There are periods of doubt and crisis in every priest's life. There have been times particularly in my youth, when I'd been celebrating holy mass, when I would catch myself thinking: Why all this? What am I doing? The sense of useless pretense. Empty ritual. The death of God. Well, then we have to close our eyes and pray. Pray desperately until divine grace returns to illuminate us. What else can we do?"

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