Marriage Italian Style

1964

Marriage Italian Style

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In flashback, Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) recalls his wartime romance with Filumena (Sophia Loren). He is so enamored with her that he finances her escape from the bordello where she lives and sets her up with a good job in the restaurant that he owns, and later finds a place for her on his mother's domestic staff. He is not, however, enamored enough to make their union legal, and expects Filumena to behave like a servant by day and his mistress by night. Years later, Filumena lies on her deathbed. The contrite Domenico finally consents to marry her. Not only does she make a full recovery, but she brings her three grown sons to live with the nonplused Domenico after the wedding. He tries to weasel out of the arrangement, but is mollified by Filumena's insistence that all three boys are his sons. Thus, after nearly twenty years' servitude, Filumena is at last in a position to call the shots. Sold to American distributors on the basis of Sophia Loren's revealing costumes (some of these absolutely defy the laws of gravity), Marriage Italian Style remains a warm and spicy concoction today, even after years of less expert imitations. The film was based on Filumena Marturano by Eduardo de Filipo.

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Critic Reviews for Marriage Italian Style

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  • It's a scenario that's milked (literally) for every drop of amusement.

    Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • It's a romantic comedy every bit as delicious as something Howard Hawks might have concocted, with Loren and Mastroianni proving fine rivals for the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

    Aug 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A good deal soapier and ultimately less satisfying than De Sica's previous collaboration with Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, but it's still effectively heart-rending.

    May 20, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marriage Italian Style

  • 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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