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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

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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The cutest comedy import in a long time!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stefania Sandrelli 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 »

Goofs

When Ferdinando gets in bed with Rosalia after their fight, Rosalia's head facings change significantly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ferdinando Cefalù: Have you really got another headache?
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Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Music by Charles Gounod
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A classic!!!
30 July 2017 | by wmoscaduranSee all my reviews

This classic Italian film is a comedy that tells the story of Ferdinando Cefalu who is unhappily married for 15 years, but he falls in love with his wife's niece, and he starts a plan to end his marriage and not be criticized by the old and classy Italian society. In the meantime, in order to complete his plan many things happened including funny moments and some dramatic moments. The movie seems to have been very well directed and very well acted and gives us a little hint about the behavior of the Sicilian society. In order to do his plan, Ferdinando chooses a crazy idea, and takes a long time to plan and detail his plan perfectly having a lot of funny interruptions during the process of his plan. Its refreshing to find movies with good sense of humor, and no use of vulgarities or bad language to make the viewers laugh. I really enjoyed it, and i deeply recommend watching it.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,467
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Mono (Westrex Co. System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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