Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. —The Criterion Collection
Genoa native Pietro Germi briefly attended the Instituto Nautico before entering Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematographia . There he studied acting and directing, supporting himself with a number of bottom-level movie industry jobs. In 1946, he directed his first film, Il Testimone, which he also co-scripted. Almost immediately tagged as a “neorealist,” Germi actually had more in common stylistically and thematically with American director John Ford (whom he deeply admired) than his Italian contemporaries. By the mid-1950s, Germi had pretty much abandoned drama in favor of satirical comedy, often utilizing the poverty-stricken regions of Sicily as his backdrop. Germi’s Divorce Italian Style (1961) was a huge worldwide box-office hit which earned him an Oscar for “Best Screenplay” (in collaboration with Alfredo Giannetti and Ennio de Concini). In 1965, he was co-recipient of the Cannes festival “Best Picture” award for Signore e signori, released in the U.S. as The Birds, the Bees… read more
Una comedia genial. Tiene ironía, humor negro, matrimonios frustrados, infidelidades, amantes, correspondencias secretas, enemistades familiares, amoralidad, deseo, calculamiento, banalidad, desamor y muchos más elementos heredados por la modernidad. Mastroianni es, creo, lo mejor de la película, o al menos es una de sus interpretaciones más entrañables, desde su facialidad altiva hasta su rechinar de dientes.
Incredible and hilarious satiric portrait of Italian/Sicilian culture circa 1960...in which marcello mastroianni watches a very famous marcello mastroianni film...
Marcello Mastroianni plays a married Sicilian who falls in love with his young cousin. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to get divorced in 1960s Italy. But, he discovers that the law practically… read review