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

 -  Comedy  -  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:
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Ferdinando Cefalù
Daniela Rocca ...
Rosalia Cefalù
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Angela
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Carmelo Patanè
Odoardo Spadaro ...
Don Gaetano Cefalù
Margherita Girelli ...
Sisina
Angela Cardile ...
Agnese
Lando Buzzanca ...
Rosario Mulè
Pietro Tordi ...
Attorney De Marzi
Ugo Torrente ...
Don Calogero
Antonio Acqua ...
Priest
Bianca Castagnetta ...
Donna Matilde Cefalù
Giovanni Fassiolo
Ignazio Roberto Daidone
Francesco Nicastro
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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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The film the villagers crowd into the cinema to see, La Dolce Vita (1960), was released the year before this film and also starred Marcello Mastroianni. See more »

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When Ferdinando writes the anonymous letter to himself, the picture he draws is completely different between shots regarding the antlers and the pen's thickness. See more »

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hilarious spoof of marriage and the family
2 July 2002 | by (alphaville) – See all my reviews

When I first saw Pietro Germi's movies (a long time ago), I thought he was a misogynist who portrayed women as grotesque monsters that make men's lives miserable. Thirty years later, after the women's movement, I have come around 180 degrees, and see him as a feminist before his time--showing how the patriarchal family destroys women (and men)and exposing the absurdity of "family honor"--and doing it with humor. It doesn't just apply to Sicily. The Sicilian setting and ambiance is a big part of this movie, however--watch for all the little details of gestures and interactions, and the great shots of the sunbaked town, baroque churches, and interiors of the decaying houses of the aristocrats. Mastroianni is terrific, and so is the supporting cast.


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