flavia18 says > Supposedly, this film was a flop - at least at the box office? - so perhaps that's why no one is trying to go out of their way to acknowledge the truth (which is, BTW, mentioned in the FAQ of "Mamma Mia").
I’m glad to hear this movie flopped but I’m surprised. It’s a typical 1960's movie. It seems the only purpose in making it was to exploit the changes in the attitudes towards sex in society. It had become acceptable to talk about sex so it was a recurring theme in a lot of the movies made during that time.
I didn't like the absolute disregard with which the issue is addressed in this movie. We're told 'Mrs. Campbell' was a sixteen year old girl when she slept with three different men within a short span of time and became pregnant. They did allude to it being during the war but that's about it.
It's clear the war changed people's views on a lot of things, including sex, but I think that should have been dealt with a lot better in the movie. In Italy, and in other war-torn countries, people had to do all kinds of things they wouldn't ordinarily have done just to survive. Most likely a sixteen year old girl would have 'sold' herself in exchange for provisions and money so she and her family could eat another day. A lot of girls and women were also raped during the war.
That's not exactly the way things are portrayed in the movie. It was supposedly all in good fun. It's true sometimes the girls fell in love with servicemen and knowing they might never see each other again they slept together but that did not seem to be the case with young Carla. She made it seem like the guys were around so she had sex with them.
I know the movie is a comedy but I think it made too much light of some rather serious topics. I don't think it's ever a good thing for a woman to have so many lovers, especially within the same timeframe, that they can't figure out who fathered their child. Today there are DNA tests but it's still a sad state of affairs when one needs a test to know whose child they've had.
Remember girls, if you can get pregnant, you can also get other much less desirable things. A moment of fun can cost you your health and your life. Is it worth the risk to sleep with someone you don’t even know?
Woman, man! That's the way it should be Tarzan. [Tarzan and his mate]