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Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Divorzio all'italiana (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 September 1962 (USA)
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.

Director:

Pietro Germi

Writers:

Alfredo Giannetti (story), Ennio De Concini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Ferdinando Cefalù
Daniela Rocca ... Rosalia Cefalù
Stefania Sandrelli ... Angela
Leopoldo Trieste ... Carmelo Patanè
Odoardo Spadaro Odoardo Spadaro ... Don Gaetano Cefalù
Margherita Girelli Margherita Girelli ... Sisina
Angela Cardile Angela Cardile ... Agnese
Lando Buzzanca ... Rosario Mulè
Pietro Tordi Pietro Tordi ... Attorney De Marzi
Ugo Torrente Ugo Torrente ... Don Calogero
Antonio Acqua Antonio Acqua ... Priest
Bianca Castagnetta Bianca Castagnetta ... Donna Matilde Cefalù
Giovanni Fassiolo Giovanni Fassiolo ... Don Ciccio Matara
Ignazio Roberto Daidone Ignazio Roberto Daidone
Francesco Nicastro Francesco Nicastro
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Storyline

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. Written by Jwelch5742

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He ordered marriage on the rocks with a twist...Italian Style! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorce Italian Style See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Co. System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The young girl whom Ferdinando checks out on the train at the beginning is Stefania Sandrelli, who also plays the character Angela in the film. See more »

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When Ferdinando writes the anonymous letter to himself, the picture he draws is completely different between shots regarding the antlers and the pen's thickness. See more »

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Ferdinando Cefalù: Have you really got another headache?
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Referenced in Divorce American Style (1967) See more »

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Una furtiva lacrima
from opera "L'elisir d'amore"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
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....Til Death Do Us Part...
7 May 2017 | by elvircorhodzicSee all my reviews

DIVORCE Italian STYLE is a comedy drama about love pains and problems with laws.

An impoverished Sicilian nobleman is married with an unattractive but devoted wife. However, he is in love with his, a much younger and attractive, cousin. He lives, besides his wife, with his elderly parents, his spinster sister and her boyfriend. The divorce was illegal in Italy at that time. He has, unsuccessfully, tried to move away from his wife. Perhaps he will try to kill his wife?! A young cousin is so beautiful. He has a very little time to come up with something. A local story of a woman who killed her husband in a rage of jealousy has gave him a great idea...

This satirical farce, which includes an affair in a marriage, love for a minor girl and a murder of honor is, in spite of moral transgressions, a very interesting film. Mr. Germi has made a series of wonderful plots, in which he has, in a satirical manner, criticized laws in the Italian society. He has, very imaginatively, combined fantasies with reality. Therefore, the malicious actions of the main protagonist seem quite charming. A happy ending is the culmination of irony.

Scenery and music completely correspond with love pains in this film. Characterization is very good.

Marcello Mastroianni as Ferdinando Cefalù is a sympathetic and cunning man at the same time. He, perhaps, goes through a midlife crisis. However, his ambitions and plans, which he has prepared with a large dose of elegance and serenity, are quite childish. His character is filled with pathos, despair and longing. Mr. Mastroianni has offered an excellent performance, which is the foundation of a top class entertainment in this film.

His support are Daniela Rocca (Rosalia Cefalù) as his boring wife, Stefania Sandrelli (Angela) as his passion, lust and love and Leopoldo Trieste as Carmelo Patanè as his "salvation".

This is a very entertaining movie about love torments and...still "natural laws".


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