Seduced and Abandoned 1964 NR

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Shotgun weddings, kidnapping, attempted murder, emergency dental work--the things Don Vincenzo will do to restore his family's honor! Pietro Germi's Seduced and Abandoned is a rollicking yet raw series of escalating comic calamities that ensue in a small village when sixteen-year-old Agnese loses her virginity at the hands of her sister's lascivious fiance.

Starring:
Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Pietro Germi
Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì
Supporting actors Aldo Puglisi, Lando Buzzanca, Lola Braccini, Leopoldo Trieste, Umberto Spadaro, Paola Biggio, Rocco D'Assunta, Oreste Palella, Lina Lagalla, Gustavo D'Arpe, Rosetta Urzì, Roberta Narbonne, Vincenzo Licata, Attilio Martella, Adelino Campardo, Salvatore Fazio, Italia Spadaro, Domenico De Nimmo
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Which proved to be the perfect approach.
Matthew Patton
I can't think of many other films that reveal a peoples' wonderful capacity to laugh, so insightfully, at their "foibles".
Peter W. Parsons
This is a really humorous film and I recommend it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 3, 2007
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Pietro Germi, fresh from the success of his "Divorce Italian Style" (which won a Screenplay Oscar), returns with another slapstick slice of Sicilian life. Those familiar with the genre, and particularly Germi, will recognize the same black humor and macabre sensibilities that fashioned many pictures of the day. There is the requisite machismo, the sexual double standards, the wild gesticulating, and the need to preserve family honor at all cost. Wait a minute--maybe those are the same qualities employed in many films today!

I'll be frank, if you don't know what you're getting into, "Seduced and Abandoned" may seem a bit misogynistic. There is definitely a strong division of the sexes which we're not as accustomed to seeing in modern films. However, much of the sexual warfare plays as satire--so even though the stereotypes can be somewhat dismaying, none of the characters escape unscathed. Basically, Germi sets an environment where everyone is despicable. It's the blackest of humor that can make you identify with the characters even as they are proven to be buffoons and hypocrites, and that's a real achievement of "Seduced." You accept things at face value and go with it, no matter how ludicrous it may seem.

The plot revolves around a man, who while engaged, impregnates his fiance's sister. This sets in motion a riotous chain of events as the families battle to maintain respect. It would be difficult to describe much of what happens concisely, so let's just say things continue to escalate as everyone (at one point or another) joins in the moral debate with a strong-headed opinion.

"Seduced and Abandoned" is a very funny picture that still maintains its appeal today. The cast is filled with colorful characters giving robust performances. Definitely recommended for lovers of Italian cinema or screwball comedies--this is a dark and amusing picture that doesn't play it nice and safe. That's always refreshing. KGHarris, 01/07.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fellini's Hippocampus on October 16, 2006
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This movie is hilarious and entertaining as can be! I loved "Divorce Italian Style" by Pietro Germi so I took the risk of buying "Seduced and Abandoned" from Criterion without ever seeing it. In my opinion I actually enjoyed it more than Divorce Italian Style! I won't repeat the plot again but the movie definitly brings you into their family. Once your sucked in it turns into a hilarious nail biter taking unexpected turns and twists. Very memorable movie I highly recommend purchasing for repeated viewings!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Farr on June 28, 2007
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Black comedy skewers Sicilian mores with a sharp cinematic knife, making "Seduced" by turns funny and tragic. Agnese, the central object of all the fuss, is maltreated throughout, but the beautiful Sandrelli strikes the right balance so that our sympathies for her don't overwhelm the film's broadly humorous tone. Though the ferret-like Puglisi is tailor-made for the unsympathetic role of Peppino, this is truly Urzi's film. His volcanic Don Vincenzo serves as comic center-piece and driving force behind the whole tumultuous affair. An unbridled satiric masterpiece from director Germi.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ted VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
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This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.

"Seduced and Abandoned" known in Italy as "Sedotta e abbandonata" is about a family and the teenage daughter becomes pregnant. Her father is outraged and tries to exact revenge on the man who impregnated her.

The DVD contains a theatrical trailer, interviews with Stefania Sandrelli and Lando Buzzanca, Stefania Sandrelli's screen test and Commedia all'italiana, Germi Style, a special with interviews with cast and crew.

This is a really humorous film and I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on August 17, 2013
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"Seduced and Abandoned" was Pietro Germi, the intensely hard-working and intelligent director (and actor) who basically created the genre of "Commedia all'Italiana" which extended from Italian neo-Realism to depict problems with the morals and mores of Italian politics and society through the guise of a black and sometimes grotesque tragi-comedy. He began with great success with 1962's "Divorce Italian Style" which had the great presence of Marcello Mastroianni, but Germi follow-up, 1964's "Seduced and Abandoned" had an even better performance in Saro Urzi who plays the patriarchal head of the family at a a time when "Family and Honor" meant everything to him, and daughter "Agnesse" played by Stefania Sandrelli, who is seduced and abandoned by her sister's fiance for one night, opening up new insight into Italy's antiquated laws once again about how men, and especially then, how women were looked upon to behave about sex and marriage, etc. Everything about "Seduced and Abandoned" is exemplary of excellence, problems with "Divorce, Italian Style" made better, so that, "Seduced and Abandoned" may be the lesser known, but all around the better, more satisfying motion picture. The original story is by Pietro Germi and Luciano Vincenzoni with brilliant cinematography by Aiace Parolin and costume design by Carlo Egidi. The entire cast is brilliant, even down the expertly picked faces by Germi in the scenes employing extras, purposely done by Germi to depict similarly grotesque renderings of famous paintings he admired. Urzi won many awards and nominations for his role, and Germi stuck by the less known actor than some suggestions for casting the producers had saying if Urzi could not play the part, he would not make the film.Read more ›
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