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Director:
Writers:
Ennio De Concini (story) &
Pietro Germi (story) ...
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Release Date:
17 September 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The cutest comedy import in a long time!!! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classico! See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Marcello Mastroianni ... Ferdinando Cefalù
Daniela Rocca ... Rosalia Cefalù

Stefania Sandrelli ... 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
Edy Nogara
Renato Pinciroli
Daniela Igliozzi
Laura Tomiselli ... Aunt Fifidda (as Laura Valerio Tomiselli)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saro Arcidiacono ... Dr. Talamone
Renzo Marignano ... Politician
Bruno Bertocci ... Uomo in piazza (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pietro Germi 
 
Writing credits
Ennio De Concini (story) &
Pietro Germi (story) &
Alfredo Giannetti (story)

Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Pietro Germi (screenplay) &
Alfredo Giannetti (screenplay)

Agenore Incrocci  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carlo Rustichelli 
 
Cinematography by
Leonida Barboni 
Carlo Di Palma 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Cinquini 
 
Production Design by
Carlo Egidi 
 
Set Decoration by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Costume Design by
Dina Di Bari 
 
Makeup Department
Raffaele Cristini .... assistant makeup artist
Anna Fabrizzi .... hair stylist
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carlo Bartolini .... production supervisor
Guglielmo Colonna .... production manager
Alessandro Gori .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Enzo Battaglia .... second assistant director
Renzo Marignano .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giovanni Checchi .... property master
 
Sound Department
Antonio Bramonti .... boom operator
Fiorenzo Magli .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianni Antinori .... assistant camera (as Giovanni Antinori)
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Giovanni Ciarlo .... assistant camera
Gastone Di Giovanni .... camera operator
Alfredo Palmieri .... assistant camera
Aiace Parolin .... camera operator (as Ajace Parolin)
Arturo Zavattini .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena Micheli Scardella .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Sergio Montanari .... assistant editor
Mario Morra .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Deni .... composer: song "Canto d'Amore"
Luigi Urbini .... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)
 
Other crew
Rodolfo Frattaioli .... production secretary
Mirta Guarnaschelli .... continuity (as Myrta Corbucci)
Lamberto Pippia .... production secretary
Piero Speziali .... administrator
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Daniela Rocca and Stefania Sandrelli (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Divorzio all'italiana" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min | UK:104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Co. System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:6 (2010) (DVD) | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate number not listed) | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
Sandra Milo auditioned for the role of Rosalia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ferdinando gets in bed with Rosalia after their fight, Rosalia's head facings change significantly between shots.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in L'uomo dal sigaro in bocca (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave MariaSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Classico!, 27 August 2008
Author: pauliebleeker from France

Definitely a classic film, but not just an Italian classic! "Divorzio all'italiana" centers itself around Ferdinando Cefalù (Mastroianni), a 37 year old baron in a small town. Although he's a baron, his life is not completely perfect as his father has squandered much of their money, and his extremely clingy wife Rosalia stands between him and the only thing he loves, his 16 year old cousin Angela. To add salt to the wound, 1960's Italy does not allow couples to divorce, which leads Ferdinando to seek desperate measures. After a town scandal erupts, when a woman murders her cheating husband to protect her honor, Ferdinando is inspired to set up his wife with a lover in order to kill her and "protect his honor." The rest of the movie chronicles Ferdinando's attempts to find someone who would fit the bill.

"Divorzio all'italiana" is a satirical look at Italian society and its seemingly backward laws which force people to do stupid things and its fallibility at justice. In its social commentary of Italian laws/society, Concini, Germi, and Giannetti (the writers) create well fitted, stereotypical characters that are much needed in order for the message of the film to get across. Ferdinando plays the evil nobleman, Rosalia as the annoying wife, Angela as the desirable secret teen lover, etc. The beauty of the story not only lies in it's scathingly funny humor, with Ferdinando's clever plotting and hallucinations of killing his wife, but also in its ability to transcend time. Nowadays there are no laws that forbid divorce in most societies, but even though that crucial point does not relate to modern audiences, the film is still able to conjure emotions for the characters' plight. Another great thing about the film, is the idea of a protagonist character with typically antagonist characteristics. Ferdinando is definitely a bad man, but the story plays with the audience in making them want Ferdinando to succeed in his plot. To add to the underlying theme of the film, the failure of Italian laws, is the theme of "justice" whether it be from the law or from a simple reversal of fate. Definitely watch the film up to the very end, as it closes with an ironic yet justified twist of fate for the characters involved.

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