Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)


Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)

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Marcello Mastroianni wishes to end his marriage to his shrewish wife. While Italian Catholic law prohibits divorce, murder is only punishable by a short jail sentence if it was done to restore family honor. He plans to find his wife a lover and shoot them both in a jealous rage.


Critic Reviews for Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)

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Audience Reviews for Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)

  • Jul 30, 2013
    That rascal Marcello Mastroianni is wonderful as the man who tries to orchestrate a scenario to kill off his wife to hook up some young thing that he has discovered. Delightfully devilish.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2011
    Pietro Germi was smart. The joyful and quick direction used for introducing the Sicily of the 60s presents a whole society as a context, and the incomparable Mastroianni in his most iconic performance yet. It is a superb satire sprinkled with dark humor throughout, something not quite well received by then, but very appreciated now. For once, the Academy noticed the difference between a well elaborate screenplay and their toilet. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2011
    This movie is really hilarious, and Mastroianni gives a perfect performance. The story is good, this movie is a great dark comedy, and I love it. They later made an American version of it, Divorce American Style, which wasn't as funny. I recommend this movie instead.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Divorce, Italian Style," Ferdinando(Marcello Mastroianni) is a 37-year old baron of a once noble household, now impoverished by his father's(Odoardo Spadaro) gambling. Due to his uncle(Ugo Torrente) taking over the debts, he has moved his own family into the opposite wing of the family mansion. This is not all that saddens Ferdinando as his once lovely wife Rosalia(Daniela Rocca) has not aged gracefully at all. In fact, he is looking to trade up to a younger model, in this case his 16-year old cousin Angela(Stefania Sandrelli) who to his pleasant surprise reciprocates his love. Now, he can think of nothing but killing his wife and has gone so far as to concoct a plan...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Divorce, Italian Style" is a very entertaining and unpredictable black comedy of manners with a satirical edge. The divorce of the title is never mentioned as it was probably seriously frowned upon, if not impossible, in conservative Sicily where the movie is set. Actually, if not for contemporary references, this would definitely feel like a period piece. Young women's purity is paramount and the Church rails impotently against "La Dolce Vita"(a weird reference under the circumstances) as being filth. Well, I have only seen the first two hours, so who knows? So, with divorce out of the question, what is somebody like Ferdinando, loathsome as he is, supposed to do?[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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