Divorce Italian Style (1961)
"Divorzio all'italiana" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 September 1962 (USA)
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A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferdinando Cefalù
Daniela Rocca ...
Rosalia Cefalù
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Carmelo Patanè
Odoardo Spadaro ...
Don Gaetano Cefalù
Margherita Girelli ...
Angela Cardile ...
Lando Buzzanca ...
Rosario Mulè
Pietro Tordi ...
Attorney De Marzi
Ugo Torrente ...
Don Calogero
Antonio Acqua ...
Bianca Castagnetta ...
Donna Matilde Cefalù
Giovanni Fassiolo ...
Don Ciccio Matara
Ignazio Roberto Daidone
Francesco Nicastro


Baron Fefé Cefalù is a Sicilian nobleman bored of life and of wife Rosalia: he falls in love with young and beautiful cousin Angela, who spends summers in the same palace. Since divorce is impossible in Italy in the 1960s, he decides to kill the wife, knowing that sentence would be very light if he proved that he committed murder for a matter of honour, i.e. when he found the wife together with another man. Therefore, he starts finding a lover for Rosalia, using Carmelo Patané, a painter well-known by her. Written by Alessio F. Bragadini <alessio@dsnet.it>

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17 September 1962 (USA)  »

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Divorce Italian Style  »

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1.85 : 1
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The man manning the boat for Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli in the final scene was Giovanni Pluchino. He was a correspondent for the newspaper "La Sicilia" and at the time was reporting on the shooting of the movie for his paper. He was chosen for the bit part because he was "young, good-looking and tanned". Pluchino still remembers that for a long time he was the one who cuckolded Mastroianni. See more »


When Ferdinando gets in bed with Rosalia after their fight, Rosalia's head facings change significantly between shots. See more »


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Una furtiva lacrima
from opera "L'elisir d'amore"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
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Mastroianni is, simply, golden and as a whole this is a fine little piece of Italian cinema
1 December 2009 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

There's a moment in Pietro Germi's Divorzio all'italiana (aka: Divorce Italian Style) that pretty much defines everything, that sort of defines what a black comedy is all about: a certain woman murders her husband because he had run away with another woman, that certain woman murdered him while he was out with his new love. And that certain woman had something similar with our main character, Marcello Mastroianni's Baron Ferdinando Cefalù, and actually after the murder she crossed path with Ferdinando. The moment that sort of defines everything is when these two, the certain woman and our main character, are together since is Mastroianni delivering a really great laugh, is Ferninando being like "" ...certainly and certainly is the way that Mastroianni delivers the scene that makes it so fantastic and hilarious.

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