Seduced and Abandoned

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Mistakenly labeled as a neorealist drama in some sources, Seduced and Abandoned is actually a slyly constructed Italian domestic comedy (could anyone have really taken that florid title seriously?) Aldo Puglisi plays a "love 'em and leave 'em" type who impregnates the teen-aged sister (Stefania Sandrelli) of his own fiancee (Paola Biggio). Saro Urzi, the girls' infuriated father, insists that Puglisi break off with the older girl to marry the younger. The police get into the act, threatening to arrests Puglisi for corrupting the morals of a minor. Through some quick thinking on his part, Puglisi manages to get the younger girl to indignantly refuse his hand in marriage. The family is torn asunder by this incident, with darkly comic results.

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Stefania Sandrelli
as Agnese Ascalone
Aldo Puglisi
as Peppino Califano
Saro Urzì
as Vincenzo Ascalone
Lando Buzzanca
as Antonio Ascalone
Leopoldo Trieste
as Baron Rizieri
Rocco D'Assunta
as Orlando Califano
Lola Braccini
as Amalia Califano
Paola Biggio
as Matilde Ascalone
Umberto Spadaro
as Cousin Ascalone
Oreste Palella
as Police Chief Potenza
Lina La Galla
as Francesca Ascalone
Roberta Narbonne
as Rosaura Ascalone
Rosetta Urzi
as Consolata the Maid
Vincenzo Licata
as Profumo the Undertaker
Italia Spadaro
as Aunt Carmela
Gustavo D'Arpe
as Ciarpetta the Lawyer
Salvatore Fazio
as Father Mariano
Bruno Scipioni
as (uncredited)
Attilio Martella
as The Magistrate
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Critic Reviews for Seduced and Abandoned

All Critics (3)

  • A buffoonish but bitter social satire that runs to classical depths, Seduced and Abandoned takes no prisoners for society's misogynistic crimes in the name of familial honor.

    Aug 22, 2006 | Rating: 4/4
  • Germi shares with Billy Wilder a similar cynical tone matched with stellar storytelling.

    Aug 22, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seduced and Abandoned

  • Mar 04, 2010
    Black comedy, Italian style. Delightfully satirical. Germi explores an antiquated law that eradicates rape if the parties marry. Peppino doesn't want to marry Agnese because she is no longer virginal: "The man has the right to ask; the woman has a duty to refuse." But, why would Agnese want to marry her seducer? Chaos ensues in defense of family and honor.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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