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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

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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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Country:

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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)

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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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Gomer Pyle: USMC: Marriage, Sgt. Carter Style (1969) 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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Sophia in De Sica's hands
15 September 2009 | by annieetalainSee all my reviews

Sophia Loren was the greatest actress of her generation when directed by Vittorio De Sica. Watching "Marriage Italian Style" in 2009 confirms that notion, totally. She is mesmerizing in this tragicomic creation by the great Neapolitan author Edoardo De Filippo. We manage to travel away from her external beauty, not an easy thing to do, and dive into her interior beauty and Oh God, how extraordinary! She is beyond truthful, she transforms the most basic element in a woman's heart into pure undiluted art. I was surprised to realize what a villain Domenico Soriano (Marcello Mastroianni) was. And he is the romantic counterpart! Here is where the Italians excel. What a terrifying act of self examination. The Italian male, as written by De Filippo, directed by De Sica and interpreted by the amazing Mastroianni is an everyday, almost acceptable monster in a society that breathes this kind of monster. Strange watching this now, Italy then, as far as women were concerned, were not that far away from a Muslim country. Women's role was basically subservient and a character like Mastroianni's could forge ahead un-accused and unrepentant. Besides the magic of the storytelling and the incredible performance by La Loren, this is is an excruciating document of its day.


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