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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 11 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Actually Sicilian style 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)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The young girl whom Ferdinando checks out on the train at the beginning is Stefania Sandrelli. She also plays the character Angela in the film.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 Divorce American Style (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
Una furtiva lacrimaSee more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Actually Sicilian style, 4 January 2007
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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Divorzio all'italiana is a richly textured satire of Sicilian macho Catholic life styles starring one of Italy's greatest actors, Marcello Mastroianni. He is a bit Chaplinesque in this tongue in cheek exploration of how to dump your wife and marry your 16-year-old cousin. His wide-eyed, dead pan expressions combined with vulnerability and suave, leading-man good looks made him the heart-throb of women for decades. He plays a bored baron stuck with a baroness (played fatuously by Daniela Rocca) that he cannot abide. It should be noted that today it IS possible to get a divorce in Italy, but at the time it was very difficult, perhaps easier to get an annulment, and so we have the premise of the plot.

Stefania Sandrelli, who became one of the great ladies of the Italian cinema, plays the cousin. She was only 15 when the film was shot but could easily pass for, say, 18. She is sensual, sweet and a bit naughty. In the final scene, famous for its fitting irony, the last thing we see are her feet. I won't tell you more, but the movie is almost worth seeing just for that final scene.

Rocca's Rosalia on the other hand is more syrupy than sweet and would qualify as clinging. She could smother a lumberjack, and although it is not polite to comment unfavorably on a lady's looks, I must note that she seemed to be having a bad facial hair day, everyday. Her impersonation of a country baroness nonetheless was unforgettable. I also liked 16-year-old Margherita Girelli as Sisini, the maid. Her coquettish ways helped to lend a French bedroom farce flavor to the film.

But what really makes this one of the great monuments of the Italian cinema is the witty and delightful script by Ennio De Concini (it won an Academy Award in 1962) and the detailed, textured direction by Pietro Germi. The picture that Germi paints of life in a small Sicilian (or southern Italian, for that matter) village is picturesque, much imitated, and indelible. The crowded ornate clutter of the old estate, the sun-drenched streets and the monolithic stone and mason churches haunt our memory. True, the film starts a bit slowly and drags (at least for modern audiences) a bit at times, but don't make the mistake of giving up on this. The latter half of the film is wonderful. And remember, if you had to go to film school, Divorce Italian Style would be on the syllabus.

So see this for Mastroianni of course but also because no film education would be complete without having seen Divorzio all'italiana.

The Criterion Collection DVD includes a second disc with a documentary on Germi's career, an interview with Ennio De Concini, and screen-test footage of Stefania Sandrelli and Daniela Rocca that I just had to see. There is also a booklet with reviews of the film from Stuart Klawans, Andrew Sarris, and Martin Scorsese. Scorsese's review is adoring and nostalgic since he is from Sicily and since the film had made such a lasting impression on him as a 19-year-old. For him the film was not so much a comedy as a true reflection of a life he and his family had known. He writes, "Every detail in Divorce Italian Style is so truthful and right that all Germi had to do was heighten everything a bit to make it funny."

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