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Lady Liberty (1971)

La mortadella (original title)
Maddalena and Michele fall in love in Italy in the 1960s, while working at a meat factory in Emilia stormed by the workers' protest, but their love can't be, because he is married and Italy... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Renato W. Spera (story), Leonard Melfi | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Maddalena Ciarrapico
William Devane ... Jock Fenner
Gigi Proietti ... Michel Bruni
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Dominic
David Doyle ... O'Henry
Danny DeVito ... Fred Mancuso
Susan Sarandon ... Sally
Robert Glaudini ... Georgie
William J. Daprato William J. Daprato ... Pasquale (as Bill Daprato)
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Maddalena and Michele fall in love in Italy in the 1960s, while working at a meat factory in Emilia stormed by the workers' protest, but their love can't be, because he is married and Italy has no divorce. So she persuades him to move to the U.S., and joins him four years later, bringing a Mortadella (sort of salami, processed pork anyway) as a present. But Customs do not allow processed meat to enter the U.S., so she is held at JFK airport but refuses to give in (she indeed is a very strong woman). In the meantime, she discovers the truth about Michele and a few things about the US. Written by <minavagante@ciaoweb.it>

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Can a girl from a little sausage factory in Italy find romance and happiness in a pizzeria in New York?

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

23 December 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Liberty See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Edward Herrmann's film debut. See more »

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References Wild Rovers (1971) See more »

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Great entertainment for people who like this sort of film and Sofia Loren fans.
25 November 2005 | by metowerseySee all my reviews

I disagree with any negative comments about this film. This film is special because the majority of the plot takes place in one location, a U.S. immigration area of an airport(NY I think). The film was so engaging, that I had not thought of where the scenes had taken place until after I had seen the film. Also, I saw the film in spoken Italian with English subtitles, while I was living in Italy. I was self-teaching myself the Italian language while I lived there, and found this a handy way to enhance my listening skills.

The fact that the whole film revolves around a 'Mortadella', and that it is eaten within a day or so, thus bringing an end to the reason the character is being held in customs is hysterical! It is a great portrayal of how a country (American isn't the only one!) will maintain and abide by laws that are simply absurd and not practical. With every rule there is usually some exception to it that has not yet been thought of. And this film very comically displays such an example.

I highly recommend this film, but not to one with a short attention span, as there are no car chases. This film will entertain anyone who is patient and can appreciate cultural differences, a great actress such as Sofia Loren, and perhaps a bit of Salami, Pastrami, Bologna or even Mortadella. (Make sure you have this when watching the film. Trust me, you will get hungry.) I also recommend it is viewed in the original Italian Language with English subtitles, as so much can be lost through dubbing.

I look forward to watching more 'old' Sophia Loren movies, they are very entertaining.

Thanks for reading.

Marie


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