Browning Cinema

Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Sunday, November 7, 2021
Divorce Italian Style (1961) Classics at the Browning
Directed by Pietro Germi
With Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli
Not Rated, 105 minutes, 35mm
In Italian with English subtitles.

Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor.

Pietro Germi's hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture won the 1962 Academy Award for best original screenplay and helped continue paving the way for wider audiences for Italian art comedies, both in the U.S.A. and worldwide.





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