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Director:
Writers:
Ennio De Concini (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:
Lolita, Italian Style See more (28 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 ... Don Ciccio Matara
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 »
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Soundtrack:
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Lolita, Italian Style, 19 February 2013
Author: Nick-leonardi from USA

Divorzio all'Italiana (in English, Divorce Italian Style) is a 1961 comedy directed by Pietro Germi and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli. It was based on the novel by Giovanni Arpino called Un Delitto D'Onore. Divorce Italian Style was extremely successful at its release, gaining a lot of attention not only in Italy but all over the world: It also received three Oscar nominations, and won one, for best Screenplay.

In a small and simple Sicilian town, there lives an upper class family, the Cefalu' family: the main man is perennially bored Ferdinando, who is becoming more and more irritated by his wife Rosalia, and is falling in love with his cousin, sixteen-year-old Angela. He decides that he'll murder the wife, but he first needs to assemble a crime scene where it looks as if the wife was cheating on him. Ferdinando is able to find the male that is in love with her secretly, and tries in all his power to organize a moment where his wife and him can be alone and get something started.

Mastroianni once again is extraordinary and very comical as well; his character remains unforgettable thanks to his strange mouth tick, his lifeless gaze and his snobby, haughty attitude. He's the one that really makes the experience of watching the film great, and also makes the overall story more interesting than what it really is. But not all credit goes to the main actor: director Pietro Germi gives a touch of madness, obsession and grotesquery to the plan and to the mind of Ferdinando, especially in the fantasies the protagonist has about a lawyer speaking in court in defense of him, or about all the different ways his wife can wind up dead.

There are several reasons for the film's success, especially in Italy: it was a movie that perfectly reflected the sense of humor of the times, and also brought to screen a familiar theme, which was extramarital affairs and uxoricide; that is, because divorce back in 1961 was in Italy illegal. It's also a funny and successful satire, touching points on the Sicilian upper class mentality and lifestyle, but especially, the ridiculously old fashioned laws that were still current at that time, more in particular the honor killing law, which was the law thanks to which Ferdinando could have got away with his crime with a small penalty. Furthermore, there is a sort of Lolita-influenced story, being Ferdinando's ultimate motive a sixteen year old he wants to be with.

It's comically black, but there's such a pleasant lightness to Divorce Italian Style, that it's hard not to feel entertained. It's not a masterwork, nor an immense landmark in Italian film, but it has made its history as a successful Satire/Black Comedy made in Italy, and still remains somewhat of a gem even for non-Italian viewers.

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