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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:

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Certificate:

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Filumena Marturano: [subtitled version] The problem is that our hearts used to be so big...
[holds up pebble]
Filumena Marturano: and now look how small they are.
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Version of Filumena Marturano (1951) See more »

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Munasterio 'e Santa Chiara
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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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OBJECTIVE Review:
7 July 2018 | by jeanlouisreginaldSee all my reviews

Not a bad film. The other written reviews overrate it. One must surmise, due to the grammar, written by born-and-raised Italians and italo-Americans clinging to an identity, laying claim to what they view as their own Hollywood.

The themes treated are, fairness, dignity, maschilismo, call to responsibility, redemption and finally feminism.

The film presents you with a subject matter that has no age, treats it lightly, but doesn't trivialize or judge and has memorable one liners. No big innaccuracies. The movie itself has aged but not badly and it's appreciation relies on recognizing the filmmaking style and conventions of the era (and it's limits) and appreciating it as a Loren, Mastroiani De Sica film. (and probably the fact that it's Italian).

The film doesn't show, only alludes to the squalor of prostitution and the Don using Filumena as a sex object. But rather concentrates on the offenses to her dignity and unrequited, unconditional love. Which in truth must be brought into question when she does the big reveal.

The two characters, Don Domenico and Filumena are defined by how they view their relationship; resulting in one-dimensional characterization. Filumena is virtuous, hard-working, and justice seeking and The Don is a hedonist opportunist sexist playboy. That's it. The film doesn't delve into their past at all to show us how they came to be who they are and they have no familial relationships or considerations (except Don's prop-like mom) to influence their decisions.

The audience can't get any insight into any of their reasoning besides what they would say to each other. Given the nature of their relationship (ego vs. ego) they shan't be direct so when they are, it feel like an unnatural exchange.

The filmmakers have to move the plot and make the audience understand the two characters' mindset in limited exchanges mostly between themselves and the script and dialogue were not quite up to this task.

The ending, a moralistic triumph for feminism, is unrealistic given the suppositions and there were no hints of, nor internal reason for the final turn of heart of The Don, and too many questions about Filomena's past unanswered. (Did she choose prostitution or forced into it? did she stop when The Don started maintaining her? When?).

The acting is ok. I didn't see this 'amazing' chemistry. They were just acting. There was nothing; mannerisms, spontaneity, or glances, that hinted at any familiarity between the two actors even if they were friends off set.

A far superior Italian comedic film is 'I Soliti Ignoti' although it doesn't have any drama but it does have a love subplot that is treated with genial comedy and naturally evolving and kinetic affair without the dreaded forced happy ending.

This is the best review on this film since I have no emotional, or hereditary connection to the material, geographical area or the artists. It differs a lot form the majority of user reviews, so I may watch it again to modify or add to it If I missed something.


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