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Divorce Italian Style ()

Divorzio all'italiana (original title)
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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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Ferdinando Cefalù
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Rosalia Cefalù
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Angela
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Carmelo Patanè
Odoardo Spadaro ...
Don Gaetano Cefalù
Margherita Girelli ...
Sisina
Angela Cardile ...
Agnese
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Rosario Mulè
Pietro Tordi ...
Attorney De Marzi
Ugo Torrente ...
Don Calogero
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Priest
Bianca Castagnetta ...
Donna Matilde Cefalù
Giovanni Fassiolo ...
Don Ciccio Matara
Ignazio Roberto Daidone
Francesco Nicastro
Edy Nogara
Renato Pinciroli
Daniela Igliozzi
Laura Tomiselli ...
Aunt Fifidda (as Laura Valerio Tomiselli)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saro Arcidiacono ...
Dr. Talamone
Renzo Marignano ...
Politician
Bruno Bertocci ...
Uomo in piazza (uncredited)
Sara Ridolfi ...
Bit part (uncredited)
Maria Grazia Spadaro ...
Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by

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Pietro Germi

Written by

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Alfredo Giannetti ... (story) &
Ennio De Concini ... (story) &
Pietro Germi ... (story)
 
Alfredo Giannetti ... (screenplay) &
Ennio De Concini ... (screenplay) &
Pietro Germi ... (screenplay)
 
Agenore Incrocci ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

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Franco Cristaldi ... producer

Music by

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Carlo Rustichelli

Cinematography by

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Leonida Barboni
Carlo Di Palma

Film Editing by

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Roberto Cinquini

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Sergio Montanari ... assistant editor
Mario Morra ... assistant editor

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Carlo Egidi

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Sergio Canevari

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Dina Di Bari

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Raffaele Cristini ... assistant makeup artist
Franco Freda ... makeup artist
Anna Fabrizzi ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gianfranco Mecacci ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Carlo Bartolini ... production supervisor
Guglielmo Colonna ... production manager
Alessandro Gori ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Enzo Battaglia ... second assistant director
Renzo Marignano ... assistant director

Art Department

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Giovanni Checchi ... property master
Averardo Ciriello ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gilles Barberis ... audio restorer
Alessandro Biancani ... audio restorer
Antonio Bramonti ... boom operator
Fiorenzo Magli ... sound engineer
Pierluigi Scarpantonio ... audio restorer

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Gianni Antinori ... assistant camera (as Giovanni Antinori)
Divo Cavicchioli ... still photographer
Giovanni Ciarlo ... assistant camera
Gastone Di Giovanni ... camera operator
Alfredo Palmieri ... assistant camera
Aiace Parolin ... camera operator (as Ajace Parolin)
Arturo Zavattini ... camera operator
Alberto Spagnoli ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elena Micheli Scardella ... seamstress (uncredited)

Music Department

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Deni ... composer: song "Canto d'Amore"
Luigi Urbini ... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)

Script and Continuity Department

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Mirta Guarnaschelli ... continuity (as Myrta Corbucci)

Additional Crew

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Rodolfo Frattaioli ... production secretary
Lamberto Pippia ... production secretary
Piero Speziali ... administrator
Ignazio Balsamo ... voice dubbing: Ugo Torrente and Giovanni Fassiolo (uncredited)
Augusto Marcacci ... voice dubbing: Leopoldo Trieste (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone ... voice dubbing: Daniela Rocca (uncredited) / voice dubbing: Stefania Sandrelli (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Divorce Italian Style (United States)
  • Divorce Italian Style (World-wide, English title)
  • Divorce à l'italienne (France)
  • Divorcio a la italiana (Spain)
  • Skilsmisse på italiensk (Denmark)
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  • 105 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Una furtiva lacrima See more »
Quotes Ferdinando Cefalù: Have you really got another headache?
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