Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)


Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) (1962)


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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)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

Years ahead of its time.

Nov 8, 2007

[A] deeply amoral morality tale.

Nov 6, 2007

Skillfully written, with a penetrating, almost brutal glimpse of Sicily and its antiquated way of life, it has been directed by Pietro Germi with lagless pace and consistent incisiveness, evoking constant chuckles rather than isolated guffaws.

Nov 6, 2007 | Full Review…
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This is one of the funniest pictures the Italians have sent along.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It remains a terrific entertainment, a European corollary to Preston Sturges.

Jan 16, 2002 | Full Review…

Germi's film makes brilliant dark-grey comedy of many aspects of Sicilian life outside the strictly sexual, honour- able or murderous

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Well got to admit, I fell asleep in the last half hour and only just caught the ending - but it was because it was late and I was tired, not because this was boring! Actually it was really quite a funny movie, I was pleasantly surprised. Full of pretty unlikable characters, it was hard to feel sorry for any of them. I think that's why it was funny when things went to hell! Also, did they not have hair removal products in 60's Italy?! What was up with the wife's eyebrows?!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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
Aj V

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Great great dark comedy from Germi. Marcello Mastroianni gives a jaw dropping performance

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

One of Mastroianni's best performances, and a new favorite of mine. Dark Comedy at it's finest.

Michael S
Michael S

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