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Marriage Italian Style (1964)

Matrimonio all'italiana (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 December 1964 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Filumena Marturano
Marcello Mastroianni ... Domenico Soriano
Aldo Puglisi Aldo Puglisi ... Alfredo
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Rosalia
Marilù Tolo ... Diana (as Marilu' Tolo)
Gianni Ridolfi Gianni Ridolfi ... Umberto
Generoso Cortini Generoso Cortini ... Michele
Vito Moricone 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

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Megatón Ye-Ye (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Munasterio 'e Santa Chiara
(uncredited)
Written by Michele Galdieri and Alberto Barberis
Sung by Don Domenico on the trip home from the racecourse; Don Domencio also asks the boys to sing it
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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater only in 1969
26 April 2020 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

After anthologies "Boccaccio 70" and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," director Vittorio De Sica returns to a single story format with his favorite actress Sophia Loren, joined yet again by Marcello Mastroianni, evoking memories of her Oscar-winning turn in "Two Women" as Filumena, devoted companion to Mastroianni's wealthy Domenico, who discovered her as a frightened 17 year old in a bordello during a wartime bomb raid, putting her to work as a domestic in his mother's home rather than waste his position in society on a woman below his station. 20 years pass and she now lies on her deathbed, requesting the presence of a priest who promptly joins the two in marriage (just as he's prepared to wed a girl half his age), Domenico stunned to see Filumena up in no time and fighting fit, and more determined than ever to emerge the victor in this battle of the sexes, not so much for herself but for the three sons she has secretly cared for over the years. There are amusing moments to be sure but it's by heart a serious drama in which Sophia effortlessly ages from bubbly coquette to middle aged dowager over 100 minutes yet still meets her perfect match in Marcello Mastroianni, who has no business being so likable when he's essentially portraying a cad.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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