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Till Marriage Do Us Part (1974)

Mio Dio, come sono caduta in basso! (original title)
The Marquise Eugenia di Maqueda, an orphan raised by the nuns, marries Raimondo Corrao, but on their wedding night she finds out that he is her brother. The piece of news is in a letter ... See full summary »


Luigi Comencini


Luigi Comencini (screenplay), Luigi Comencini (story) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Laura Antonelli ... Eugenia di Maqueda
Alberto Lionello ... Raimondo Corrao
Michele Placido ... Silvanno Pennacchini
Jean Rochefort ... Barone Henri de Sarcey
Ugo Pagliai ... Ruggero di Maqueda
Rosemary Dexter ... Floidia di Maqueda (as Rosemarie Dexter)
Karin Schubert ... Evelyn
Michele Abruzzo Michele Abruzzo ... Monsignor Pacifico
Sebastiano Indelicato Sebastiano Indelicato
Clemente Cipa Clemente Cipa
Maria Sciacca Maria Sciacca
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Giuseppe Caracciolo Giuseppe Caracciolo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toni Luigi Arceri ... Soldato Siciliano


The Marquise Eugenia di Maqueda, an orphan raised by the nuns, marries Raimondo Corrao, but on their wedding night she finds out that he is her brother. The piece of news is in a letter written from Paris by their father, a womaniser who lives and hides from them in the French headtown. The pair decide, to avoid the scandal, to live as brother and sister. He will later leave for the war in Lybia, she will find solace and sexual satisfaction in the arms of the family chauffeur. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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24 October 1974 (Italy) See more »

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Noto, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Dean Film See more »
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A splendid Laura Antonelli in a great movie
18 December 2014 | by peterosenauSee all my reviews

After the über-success of 1973's "Malizia", Laura Antonelli was a top star in Italy and considered as the new Sophia Loren. Yet her following movies – "Sessomatto", "Peccato Veniale", "Simona" – were average at best. Then came the 1974 "Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso", a definite highlight of her career in comedy and a small step towards the world of the auteur cinema. In fact, this works so well that she would resume similar roles in "L'innocente" and "Mogliamante".

Set between the early 1900s and 1920, we follow the life of the Sicilian noblewoman Eugenia. Raised in a convent, all of a sudden a marriage to the nutty Lord Raymondo is arranged. The wedding night turns into a disaster: Not just that Eugenia has no idea about sex beyond some mysterious temptation of the flesh, Raymondo receives an information saying that he and Eugenia are actually brothers and sisters! To prevent any damage for the house, Raymondo decides to keep it a secret. So they both play husband and wife. But already on the honeymoon trip to Paris, the beautiful girl is flirted at and gets seduced constantly, and soon, tormented and miserable, the temptation of the flesh becomes unbearable…

Let's face it: The general premise with the brother and the sister is hard to swallow. Even though the writers were well aware of that and explain it in detail: what a huge coincidence. But once it's taken for granted, this becomes an ingenious and unique vehicle for hilarious comedy. Eugenia, a complete newcomer to anything beyond God and the Bible, suddenly confronted with sensuality, intimacy, desire. She knows she wants it, she needs it, but she doesn't even understand it, she is not capable of it. She doesn't know why she should undress on the wedding night, she'll immediately faint when one says a certain word, she'll scream in horror when she sees a nude man for the first time (and will faint again, of course). While deeply caught in her churchy morale, she'll constantly cry "no!", "never!", "have mercy!", but at the same time you see her trembling lips, her thirsty eyes, her body pumping, actually saying "YES!!!". But the only man she feels the right to be with is her husband and that's her brother, so it's out of the question.

This may sound like Eugenia is hard to bear, but that is definitely not the case. It is actually an incredibly bitter, crushing situation, and any viewer with a heart must immediately fall for this so beautiful, yet so sad girl. And in spite of all that tragedy, the script manages to keep a high pace and is funny throughout. The situations are awkward, for instance, you'll see the longest, un-sexiest and funniest striptease scenes ever (including three times full frontal Laura nudity). She wants to commit suicide, but doesn't know how. She desperately seeks the help of her church, but the priests don't see her problem. Finally she'll subject to sexual adventures, enjoying it while it lasts, but being disgusted afterwards. In general, all the scenes with Eugenia and her driver are a true delight, especially when they enter the hayrick. Laura Antonelli is fantastic, just perfect for the part. In my opinion she always excels when being innocent, romantic, somewhat sad and mistreated, and not in her more flashy, alluring, sexy roles. The face of an angel, the body of a sinner. And she is very talented for well-written comedy.

And of course, Alberto Lionello as Raymondo is a great counterpart for Laura. A total buffoon, easy to influence, easy to distract, easy to inspire – a pain in the ass but funny as hell. He is also the script's entrance to provide snappy satire about Italian nationalism, imperialism and social conventions of the time. Everybody is obsessed with the works of Gabriele d'Annunzio, the (involuntary) forerunner of Italian fascism. These elements grow stronger in the last third of the movie, pushing the comedy more and more in the background. And at the same time, the subtle, underlying sad mood for our Eugenia grows stronger. This all culminates in the breakout of the World War.

Overall "Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso" tells a unique, tragicomic story with strong social criticism, along with hilarious comedy and an endlessly lovable main character. It is highly recommended for Laura Antonelli fans, but also for anybody looking for a great period dramedy with clear overweight of the comedy.

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