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Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Divorzio all'italiana (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 September 1962 (USA)
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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Here is a Picture With Promise...To Love, Honor...and Oh Boy! See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Mono (Westrex Co. System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actress and former model Daniela Rocca was deliberately made less attractive for the role of Rosalia. On set Rocca reportedly fell in love with director Pietro Germi and started with him an unhappy sentimental relationship which eventually led the actress to attempt suicide. See more »

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Ferdinando Cefalù: Have you really got another headache?
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Masterpiece
16 April 2006 | by robertodandiSee all my reviews

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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