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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 »
Genre:
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:
Masterpiece 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 ... 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 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 »
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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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 16 April 2006
Author: roberto dandi from Rome, Italy

This movie got an Oscar for the script (among the others, by Pietro Germi, the gifted director). However, the real importance of this movie can be demonstrated by saying that an entire genre, "la commedia all'italiana" (Comedy, Italian style) is named after this movie.

A major issue of this genre is to make fun of our traditions and culture (I am Italian) despite the radical changes our Country was having during those years ('60s, '70s).

The main issue of Neo-realism (Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti) was to describe the tragic reality of miserable lives after the catastrophic WWII. Then the Italian economic boom of the '50s drove Italy into modernity and wellness. Commedia all'italiana wanted to remind us that despite this modernity we are always the same Italians we were before, with all our intelligence but also with all our defects.

"Divorce, Italian Style" is set in the most 'conservative' place of Italy of that time, where traditions like family honor were still predominant despite all modernity. In the first shots of the movie we see an environment suffocated by the heat of the Sicilian climate. People spend part of the day in their apartments waiting for the cool evening. This motionless environment is highly metaphoric, as it shows that nothing really changes in this land, suffocated by the weight of old traditions. Probably this is not so true today, but at that time certainly was.

However, don't be scared by this introduction. The movie is FUN and it turns into a fast-paced rhythm shortly.

The protagonist loves his cousin and wants to marry her, but he is already married. So he plans to murder the wife, pretending to do that for a 'legitimate' defence of honor. What is amazing is that all the village, all the people in the movie support murder for the honor of the family. They even induce him to kill. And what is sad, is that the law at that time was really soft for those types of murders.

To summarize this movie has these characteristics: 1) VERY FUN. You can't stop laughing even if the script is tragic (this is a characteristic of masterpieces) 2) WELL ACTED: Marcello Mastroianni gives one of his best performances. Stefania Sandrelli is beautiful as ever, Marcello's wife is ugly and a nuisance as her role imposes, and Leopoldo Trieste is another great actor of Italian cinema.

3) WONDERFUL STORY: the script won the Oscar and it is truly very intelligent 4) SOCIALLY COMMITTED: it is an accusation of a wrong law that supports a wrong tradition (the law was changed shortly after).

I give this masterpiece a 10 out of 10, and I strongly recommend it to everyone.

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