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Seduced and Abandoned -- Shotgun weddings, kidnapping, attempted murder, emergency dental work--the things Don Vincenzo will do to restore his family's honor! Pietro Germi's Seduced and Abandoned is a rollicking yet raw series of escalating comic calamities that ensue in a small village when sixteen-year-old Agnese loses her virginity at the hands of her sister's lascivious fiance.


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15 July 1964 (USA) See more »
It's All About What Happens After What Should Never Happen Happens!
Agnese, a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister Matilde's fiancé... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stefania Sandrelli ... Agnese Ascalone

Saro Urzì ... Don Vincenzo Ascalone
Aldo Puglisi ... Peppino Califano
Lando Buzzanca ... Antonio Ascalone
Lola Braccini ... Amalia Califano
Leopoldo Trieste ... Il barone Rizieri Zappalà
Umberto Spadaro ... L'avvocato Ascalone
Paola Biggio ... Matilde Ascalone
Rocco D'Assunta ... Orlando Califano
Oreste Palella ... Il maresciallo Polenza
Lina Lagalla ... Francesca Ascalone (as Lina La Galla)
Gustavo D'Arpe ... L'avvocato Ciarpetta
Rosetta Urzì ... Consolata - la serva
Roberta Narbonne ... Rosaura Ascalone
Vincenzo Licata ... Pasquale Profumo - l'impresario di pompe funebri
Attilio Martella ... Il pretore
Adelino Campardo ... Il brigadiere Bisigato
Salvatore Fazio ... Don Mariano - il prete
Italia Spadaro ... Zio Carmela
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Domenico De Nimmo ... Il nonno Ascalone (uncredited)
Bruno Scipioni ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Pietro Germi 
Writing credits
Pietro Germi  story &
Luciano Vincenzoni  story and
Agenore Incrocci  screenplay (as Age) &
Furio Scarpelli  screenplay (as Scarpelli) &
Pietro Germi  screenplay &
Luciano Vincenzoni  screenplay

Produced by
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
Luigi Giacosi .... producer
Original Music by
Carlo Rustichelli 
Cinematography by
Aiace Parolin 
Film Editing by
Roberto Cinquini 
Art Direction by
Carlo Egidi 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Fantacci 
Costume Design by
Angela Sammaciccia 
Makeup Department
Raffaele Cristini .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renzo Marignano .... assistant director
Francesco Massaro .... assistant director
Music Department
Luigi Urbini .... musical director (as Pierluigi Urbani)
Other crew
Mirta Guarnaschelli .... continuity (as Myrta Corbucci)
Herman G. Weinberg .... subtitler: English (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Sedotta e abbandonata" - Italy (original title)
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USA:115 min
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Referenced in L'uomo dal sigaro in bocca (1997)See more »
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Germi!, 21 March 2007
Author: Jinzo_Hydra from Alberta, Canada

Criterion Collection was generous enough to introduce me to Germi's works, first starting with Divorce, Italian Style. It was only natural that I followed up with Seduced and Abandoned, since I was blown away by Divorced, and had a newfound love of contemporary European cinema, especially from French and Italian filmmakers. I know it's relatively simple to find out about little gems of work from foreign directors (using IMDb, for example), but I'm grateful for a company like Criterion to steer me in the direction of fantastic films and the visionaries that create them. Saves me a lot of time and effort, haha.

Now, I'm just some random nobody in his early 20's, born and raised on the prairie of Western Canada. In a sense, I may not be as "culturally perceptive" as someone hailing from a direct Old-World European background. But to discover a film such as Seduced and Abandoned, it was a guaranteed shock to see the enormity of differences between the values, traditions, and customs of Sicily compared to what I grew up in, astonishing since these worlds are separated only by a couple generations! Then again, forced marriage might be as frowned upon nowadays as if someone from that era might look into the future and see the overwhelming divorce rate of ours! It's really a subjectivity of time, where a brilliant, neorealist director, not unlike Germi, of our time will be able to capture a kind of absurdity in the way we deal with (or possibly lack thereof) now common principles and practices, such as infidelity, polygamy, same-sex unions, etc.

I'm rambling. Seduced was a depressingly good movie. Sardonic and whimsical at the same time, this one had the ability to leave a bittersweet taste with me afterward, to not dismiss the ideals held in Sicilian culture a couple generations ago, but to ponder them, to compare them to the beliefs and mores of our generation.

Sandrelli was phenomenal, as always. And I'm glad Germi cast Saro Urzi as the father instead of some North American counterpart, like Borgnine... Added to a certain authenticity that I wouldn't find if that'd been the case.

Lando Buzzanca as Antonio, and Leopoldo Triste as the Baron were amazing as the kind of actors that kept the comedic ball rolling in this type of film; although Seduced is known as a key player in the Comedia d'all Italiano, without these laugh-out-loud performances, the film would be a depressing portrayal of old Italian values and nothing but.

I look forward to the day when a company like Criterion will release more of Pietro Germi's film works (undoubtedly his 1950's dramatic working class oeuvre), to an international audience...

Until then.

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