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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ferdinando Cefalù
... Rosalia Cefalù
... Angela
... Carmelo Patanè
Odoardo Spadaro ... Don Gaetano Cefalù
Margherita Girelli ... Sisina
Angela Cardile ... Agnese
... Rosario Mulè
Pietro Tordi ... Attorney De Marzi
Ugo Torrente ... Don Calogero
Antonio Acqua ... Priest
Bianca Castagnetta ... Donna Matilde Cefalù
Giovanni Fassiolo ... Don Ciccio Matara
Ignazio Roberto Daidone
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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He ordered marriage on the rocks with a twist...Italian Style! See more »

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The man manning the boat for Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli in the final scene was Giovanni Pluchino. He was a correspondent for the newspaper "La Sicilia" and at the time was reporting on the shooting of the movie for his paper. He was chosen for the bit part because he was "young, good-looking and tanned". Pluchino still remembers that for a long time he was the one who cuckolded Mastroianni. See more »

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

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Ferdinando Cefalù: Have you really got another headache?
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Music by Charles Gounod
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a classic
27 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is definitely one of the best Italian comedies ever made, a movie you can watch over and over again... Mastroianni gives an excellent performance as an impoverished Sicilian aristocrat determined to get a divorce from his wife. There is only one complication - divorce is illegal in Italy at the time. However, there is also a law that justifies the killing of a wife if she is caught during an act of adultery. As with most others Germi's films, this one is a unique mix of situational comedy and social drama. Highly recommended.


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