Divorce Italian Style (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Pietro Germi Starring: Marcello Mastroianni

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Mastroianni stars in this classic italian farce as baron cefalu, who tiring of his wife, plans to escape his marriage using a little known law allowing cuckolded husbands to murder their spouses in defense of their honor. So, now he has to find a lover for his wife.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 40709287
UPC 037429202524
UPC 14 00037429202524
Format DVD
Release Date 4/26/2005
Black Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A bored upper-class Sicilian (Mastroianni) has grown tired of his wife and would rather marry his attractive cousin. Unfortunately, divorce is illegal in Italy. Therefore, he decides to find a lover for his wife and murder her out of "jealousy". A hilarious farce about love and marriage. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Director, Best Actor-Marcello Mastroianni.
Plot Summary
Summary Director Pietro Germi's hilarious and pointed satire of Italian marital conventions is the prototypical Italian sex comedy.| Ferdinando Cefalu, a handsome Sicilian nobleman, longs to marry his beautiful nubile cousin Angela. There's only one problem: he's already married. Living in a society that frowns on divorce but forgives crimes of passion, Ferdinando devises a plan. He plots to prove his wife an adulteress, after which he can kill her and marry his cousin with impunity.
USA Today "...[A] still funny spoof of Italy's divorce laws....Capped by a satisfying final gag..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 05/29/1992 p.3D
Entertainment Weekly "This classic tickler is the driest and blackest of dry, black comedies..." 05/20/2005 p.60
Sight and Sound "Mastroianni gives one of the most detailed and amusing performances of his career." 07/01/2005 p.83
Pietro Germi
Marcello Mastroianni
Cast & Crew
Carlo Di Palma - Cinematographer
Carlo Rustichelli - Musical Score
Daniela Rocca - Actor
Ennio De Concini, et al. - Screenplay
Franco Cristaldi - Producer
Leonida Barboni - Cinematographer
Leopoldo Trieste - Actor
Marcello Mastroianni - Actor
Odoardo Spadaro - Actor
Pietro Germi - Director
Stefania Sandrelli - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 110
UPC 00037429202524
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Original Language Italian
Available Audio Tracks Italian
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1963) Ennio De Concini, et al., Winner, Best Story And Screenplay Written Directly For TheScreen,Marcello Mastroianni, Nominee, Best Actor,Pietro Germi, Nominee, Best Director
British Academy Awards (1964) Marcello Mastroianni, Winner, Best Foreign Actor,Daniela Rocca, Nominee, Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe (1963) Marcello Mastroianni, Winner, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review ...A brilliant comic performance by Mastroianni which has been compared to the dead-pan style of Bus
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, Black & White, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Germi,Pietro
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