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Wifemistress (1977)

Mogliamante (original title)
Since her husband pronounced her frigid on her wedding night, Antonia DeAngelis has been an invalid. When he disappears, she believes him dead: she leaves her bed and takes over his ... See full summary »

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Antonia De Angelis
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Luigi De Angelis
Leonard Mann ...
Dr. Dario Favella
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Count Brandini
Gastone Moschin ...
Vincenzo
Olga Karlatos ...
Dr. Paola Pagano
Stefano Patrizi ...
Enrico, Clara's fiancé
Luigi Diberti ...
Lawyer
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Priest
Daniele Gabbai ...
Young official
Hélène Chanel ...
Landlady (as Helen Stoliaroff)
Paul Muller ...
Hotel concierge
Attilio Dottesio
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Head Doctor
Elsa Vazzoler ...
Teresa, the maid
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Since her husband pronounced her frigid on her wedding night, Antonia DeAngelis has been an invalid. When he disappears, she believes him dead: she leaves her bed and takes over his business, traveling to see clients. She discovers her husband's passions, his political writing, mistresses, and his indifference to the peasants on her family's land. She improves their lot, begins an affair with a young foreign doctor, and publishes her husband's writings. All this time, he's hiding from a murder charge in a house across the square. Amazed, he watches her become his sexual and social equal. After the police drop the murder charge, will he disappear, end his life, or rejoin her on new terms? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 October 1977 (Italy)  »

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American title: WifeMistress
20 February 2001 | by (Oz) – See all my reviews

I can not understand why so few people have seen or commented on this film. I`ve seen both the subtitled and the dubbed version and think this may well be Mastroianni's best work. The film runs a very difficult twin course of voyeurism and a woman's sexual and personal awakening.

Early on in the film, Mastroianni's character is forced into hiding across the street from his shut-in wife, who is unaware of where her husband is hiding. As Marcello's character slowly fades in strength and in conviction, his heretofore frigid, hypochondriac wife slowly becomes her missing husband-- taking over his business, his habits, his thoughts, and eventually even his mistress. The change is all the more striking because Marcello watches the change, peeping through her window. As she gains in strength and confidence, he loses both, realizing that his life had been based on lies. The film is lushly filmed with an amazing score. Did I mention that the actresses in the movie are stunningly beautiful? While most would probably pronounce 8 1/2 or La Dolca Vita as the best Italian films ever made, I`d vote for WifeMistress.


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