Ferdinando Cefalù is desperate to marry his cousin, Angela, but he is married to Rosalia and divorce is illegal in Italy. To get around the law, he tries to trick his wife into having an affair so he can catch her and murder her, as he knows he would be given a light sentence for killing an adulterous woman. He persuades a painter to lure his wife into an affair, but Rosalia proves to be more faithful than he expected.
He ordered marriage on the rocks with a twist...Italian Style!
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Did You Know?
had problems crying in the scene where Marcello Mastroianni
got spat on for being a cuckold by Carmelo Patanè's wife. After many wasted takes and having been prompted by an onlooker, director Pietro Germi
--with an unlit half cigar in his mouth--got up from his chair, walked over to her and gave her two good slaps. Sandrelli was embarrassed because she had been slapped in front of hundreds of people and really did begin crying ,and the the scene was finally shot. See more
When Ferdinando gets in bed with Rosalia after their fight, Rosalia's head facings change significantly between shots. See more
Have you really got another headache?
Una furtiva lacrima
from opera "L'elisir d'amore"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti See more