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1,257 Ratings

Divorce Italian Style

Divorzio all'italiana

Directed by Pietro Germi
Italy, 1961
Comedy

Synopsis

In Pietro Germi’s hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture, 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).

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Divorce Italian Style Directed by Pietro Germi

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1962 | Winner: Best Comedy

Academy Awards

1963 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1963 | Winner: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

The bad-taste story is surprisingly amusing and inoffensive, mainly because Mastroianni is so marvelously, ludicrously louche that no hint of sympathy threatens to attach to him.
July 23, 2018
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Just as frustrating—and entertaining—as the very mores it’s satirizing is its maddening trajectory towards a most fatuous conclusion. That is, until the other shoe finally drops in the film’s final moments, a sign of an auteur wholly committed to the farce. Enough can’t be said of Mastroianni’s performance; in one scene, the town rushes to a public screening of Federico Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA, Fernando narrating the excitement with a cool irony that only the star of both films could accomplish.
November 03, 2017
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Germi’s hilarious satire jabs at Catholic hypocrisy and male chauvinism, particularly within Sicilian society… Mastroianni has the extraordinary ability to win us over with his familiar charisma and devilish charm. The ease in which he has casually carried his roles as womanizers, antiheroes, and bourgeois misfits is matched only by his instinctive grace, style and elegance.
May 17, 2017
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