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Marriage Italian Style (1964)

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

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie the house of Filumena and Domenico is located in "Piazza del Gesù", a 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

Filumena Marturano: There's no one here. You brought me here on a day when nobody's here.
Domenico Soriano: There are no races on Tuesday. But Agnano is much better this way. It's more poetic.
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Featured in Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies (2008) 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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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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