The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Eduardo De Filippo (play), Renato Castellani (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Filumena Marturano
Marcello Mastroianni ... Domenico Soriano
Aldo Puglisi ... Alfredo
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Rosalia
Marilù Tolo ... Diana (as Marilu' Tolo)
Gianni Ridolfi ... Umberto
Generoso Cortini ... Michele
Vito Moricone ... Riccardo
Rita Piccione Rita Piccione ... Teresina, seamstress
Lino Mattera Lino Mattera
Alfio Vita ... Una pasticcere
Alberto Castaldi Alberto Castaldi ... Doctor (as Alberto Gastaldi)
Anna Santoro Anna Santoro ... Seamstress
Enza Maggi Enza Maggi ... Lucia, maid
Mara Maryl Mara Maryl ... (as Mara Marilli)
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Storyline

Domenico, a successfull businessman, with an eye for the girls, begins an affair with Filumena when she is 17 years old. She becomes a prostitute, but also becomes the mistress of Domenico. He eventually sets her up in an apartment, and she works for him in his various businesses. She secretly bears three children, who are raised by nannys. Domenico starts planning to marry a young employee. Filumena tricks him into marriage by pretending to be dying. Domenico annuls the marriage. Filumena then tells him of the three children. She says that one of the children belongs to Domenico, but will not say which one is his. You start to believe that all of the children could be his, and Domenico then marries Filumena again, this time willingly. Written by Steve Jordan <jordan@warwick.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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In the movie the house of Filumena and Domenico is located in "Piazza del Gesù", a well-known square in the historic center of Naples. The scene where Filumena leaves the lawyer's office was filmed in "Piazza Bellini." See more »

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Domenico Soriano: Whore! You started out a whore and you still are.
Filumena Marturano: You're talking about your wife.
Domenico Soriano: What wife? What wife!
Filumena Marturano: Yours. Mrs. Soriano. Me!
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Featured in Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997) See more »

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O 'Cielo Ce Manna Sti 'Ccose
Written by Armando Trovajoli and Fred Bongusto
Performed by Fred Bongusto
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Loren was never more radiant than she is here.
22 June 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

When De Sica finally got around to filming Eduardo De Filippo's great play "Filumena" he chose two of Italian cinema's finest actors to play the leads and even if the change of title to "Marriage Italian Style" was something of a sop to commercialism the end result was still hugely satisfying. Sophia Loren, (magnificent), is Filumena, the Neopolitan prostitute, and Marcello Mastroianni, (also superb), the rich patron who strings her along for years, always finding an excuse not to marry her.

It is, of course, a comment on Italian machismo and of the subservient role of women in Italian society so perhaps the comic possibilities of the plot might escape a non-Italian audience, (comedy was never De Sica's strong point). Still, Sophia was never more radiant than she is here, so what's not to love, (she was Oscar-nominated), and De Sica does manage to keep the potential for sentimentality at arm's length. Unfortunately, the film isn't as highly thought of as it once was and isn't much seen today.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marriage Italian Style See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,967, 25 September 2011

Gross USA:

$10,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,153
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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