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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.

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Pietro Germi

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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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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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Winner Cannes Film Festival Award 1962 Best Comedy 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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Mono (Westrex Co. System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Marcello Mastroianni is superb in comedy about dishonored husband...
8 December 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

DIVORCE Italian STYLE is one of the funniest films I've ever seen on the subject of how to dissolve a marriage--Italian style, of course. Seems those Italians have a way of forgiving murder if the spouse has cheated and is found in the act--which must give rise to some pretty unsavory stories in real life as well as here.

But however unpleasant the subject matter may seem, this is the merriest romp of a comedy I've come across in a long time. It's so artful in the way it gets inside the mind of the impoverished aristocrat (MARCELLO MASTROIANNI) living in palatial ruins in Sicily and desperately devising a way to get rid of his boring wife. He devises a plan that goes awry when "La Dolce Vita" comes to town and, with all the men in the village attending it, his wife takes that opportunity to run off with her lover.

It's a masterful job that Mastroianni does here, giving little signs of distress with a twitch of his mustache, a frown, a concentrated gaze--in other words, bewitched, bothered and bewildered as he contemplates how to go about getting rid of his freedom so he can pursue a young girl he's enamored of. All the events leading up to the final act are hilariously Italiano in style--those little devils knew how to take advantage of the judicial system.

Summing up: A sheer delight from beginning to end, thanks to a masterful job by Marcello Mastroianni in his Oscar-nominated role.


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