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On the sun-blasted island of Sicily, Baron Ferdinand "Fefè" Cefalù (Mastroianni) breaks out of his heat- and boredom-induced stupor long enough to be smitten with mad passion for his 16-year-old cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli). But he's married--to Rosalia (Daniela Rocca), she of the unfortunate mustache--and the Italian Penal Code gives him no way out... except, of course, for catching his wife in adultery and availing himself of the patriarchal license to commit a "crime of honor." So Fefè searches for a way to fling Rosalia into the arms of another man.
Mastroianni's Fefè is an indelible masterpiece, visually and behaviorally: a portrait in painterly chiaroscuro, with brilliantined hair, eternally drooping eyelids, a cigarette holder angled in perpetual salute, and a manic, conspiratorial slouch, like Groucho Marx on painkillers. Germi's direction hustles the film along with bold, mobile camerawork, stream-of-consciousness lurches into fantasy and flashback, Fefè's feverish voiceover commentary, and a wonderfully propulsive music score by the late Carlo Rustichelli. --Richard T. Jameson
In short: the greatest film ever made.
The film parodies the divorce laws of Italy during the 1960s, when a man could kill his wife with little to no punishment if she had been unfaithful to him.
Lastly, the camera work, mise-en-scene, and the framing of each scene enhance the complete ideas, as they transcends the expectations of the film.
Super fast shipping and excellent quality DVD. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Cynthia O' Keeffe
One of my favorite movies! I am so happy that it is available in DVd form as it is not easily accessible in popular streaming sites.Published 5 months ago by Adrienne M. Butvinik
"Divorce Italian Style" is a charcoal black comedy about an aristocrat who wants to kill his wife so he can possess his cousin. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Adducchio
I used to think it was "Dr. Strangelove." Sometimes I still think it's "Lolita." Or "The Rite of Spring," "Guernica, "Sweeney Todd," "The Great Gatsby," "The Book of Mormon,"... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by trastevere
The film parodies the divorce laws of Italy during the 1960s, when a man could kill his wife with little to no punishment if she had been unfaithful to him. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Jay
This marvellous film was an instant hit in the sixties, even without subtitles. You don't have to know Italian to get the story, as the characters and action are self-explanatory. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Vanploy
This is one of my favorite movies, dark and funny. This is better than most modern movies. Great story and acting.Published on August 22, 2011 by P. Walters
Directed by Pietro Germi and starring Marcello Mastroianni, DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE is a pitch-black and highly influential comedy--but comedy is a delicate thing, it seldom exports... Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Gary F. Taylor
This is one of Mastroianni's best performances, right alongside Una Giornata Particolare(Un Dia Muy Especial) aka (One FIne Day) [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America].Published on June 17, 2010 by Juls