Marriage Italian Style 1964

Marriage Italian Style

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When handsome, successful Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) first meets the sexy young waif Filomena (Sophia Loren) in Naples during World War II, he is instantly smitten. Flash forward to the postwar years, and the two meet again, sparking a passionate affair that spans two decades. But when Filomena -- who has now become Domenico's kept woman and has secretly borne his children -- learns that her lover is planning to wed another, she stops at nothing to hook him into marrying her instead.

Cast & Crew

Sophia Loren
Filumena Marturano
Marcello Mastroianni
Domenico Soriano
Marilù Tolo
Diana
Pia Lindström
Cashier (uncredited)
Vito Moricone
Riccardo
Renato Castellani
Writer (Screenplay)
Tonino Guerra
Writer (Screenplay)
Leonardo Benvenuti
Writer (Screenplay)
Piero De Bernardi
Writer (Screenplay)
Joseph E. Levine
Executive Producer
Armando Trovajoli
Original Music
Roberto Gerardi
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  • Jun 02, 2018
    A film of surprising depth, with an excellent performance from Sophia Loren. I was really quite taken with the film, which is more drama than comedy, and about an unequal love affair between Loren and Marcello Mastroianni over a couple decades. Loren loves Mastroianni, but he sees their relationship more as a transaction: he gives her money, gets her out of prostitution, and gives her a place to stay; she gives him sex, keeps his house, runs his bakery, and takes care of his elderly mother. Meanwhile, he travels the world and sees other women. The tragic imbalance hits us right in the heart, and is heightened by Director Vittorio De Sica's storytelling, which is with a light touch, and uses flashbacks to gradually fill us in on the past, and just how unequal things are. Mastroianni is a bit of a villain here, but we hardly know it at the beginning, and De Sica lets the viewer connect the dots as the movie progresses. We can see the pain in Loren's face and read her mind, and often that's enough. The way the characters express themselves, the scenes in the streets of Naples - it all seems perfectly realistic, and a slice of life. The touches of comedy and lightness that are present balance out the story well. Better than 'Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow', and on a par with 'Two Women'. What an extraordinary interval of time this was for Loren and De Sica.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2015
    An Italian delight that finds an enviable balance between comedy and drama and never drops the ball, with Sophia Loren in a surprising performance lending a lot of complexity to a character that could have been easily made into a caricature - comedy- or melodrama-wise.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2013
    I loved this film and I absolutely love the chemistry between Mastroianni and Loren. The comedy is fantastic and the plot twists are an absolute delight.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are wonderful together in "Marriage Italian Style" even when there's nothing but hate between them. Watching them interact with one another is almost reason enough to recommend "Marriage Italian Style," but there's more to it than just these two performers. The script is clever in how it continues to throw these two characters in and out of love with one another and in order for it to work it requires focused, cohesive direction, which Vittorio De Sica is willingly able to provide.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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