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

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Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Eduardo De Filippo (play), Renato Castellani (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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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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: [subtitled version] The more the world changes, the more it stays the same. Houses, palaces, skyscrapers. And in the middle... an old story like ours.
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Featured in Autumn of the Magician (2009) 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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Funny and poignant view of relationships
6 December 2015 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

When Filumena Marturano arrives home looking very very sick, close to death, everyone gets shouting, very worried and then send for Domenico Soriano, her lover. He comes to her deathbed, thinking that this is the last time he will see her, after more than twenty years of relationship...

From that moment we have a very funny and quite accurate view of how relationships may work. It all starts maybe a little bit slow, but don't worry, because the movie is full of twists, surprises, fights and a great interpretative duel between Loren and Mastroianni. Everyone does an amazing job, but this is Loren's show, and she shines throughout it, from the poor and scared girl to the mature woman she becomes.

It is all a little bit old fashioned in cinematography and direction, but this is a movie where what matters are the actors and the dialogues, and it delivers. On top of that, it is a small piece of information about twentieth century Italy.

Well worth watching.


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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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