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Seduced & Abandoned (The Criterion Collection) (1964)

Saro Urzě , Stefania Sandrelli , Pietro Germi  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Saro Urzě, Stefania Sandrelli, Aldo Puglisi, Lando Buzzanca, Lola Braccini
  • Directors: Pietro Germi
  • Writers: Pietro Germi, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Producers: Franco Cristaldi, Luigi Giacosi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUF7D0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Seduced & Abandoned (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Commedia all'Italiana: Germi Style" featurette
  • Interviews with actors Stefania Sandrelli and Lando Buzzanca
  • Stefania Sandrelli screen test
  • Trailer
  • Booklet with essay by film scholar Irene Bignardi

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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 was the follow-up to his international sensation Divorce Italian Style, and in many ways it's even more audacious-a rollicking yet raw series of escalating comic calamities that ensue in a small village when sixteen-year-old Agnese (the beautiful Stefania Sandrelli) loses her virginity at the hands of her sister's lascivious fianc‚. Merciless and mirthful, Seduced and Abandoned skewers Sicilian social customs and pompous patriarchies with a sly, devilish grin.

The graceful, biting, deadpan humor of Italian director Pietro Germi has no parallel; it fuses the sly wit of Ernst Lubitsch with the bilious social critique of Luis Bunuel. In Seduced and Abandoned, the blackest of black comedies, a young girl named Agnese (the delectable Stefania Sandrelli, fresh from Germi's Divorce Italian Style) is seduced by her sister's fiance, setting in motion a series of increasingly deranged pretenses by which Agnese's apoplectic father (the volcanic Saro Urzi) attempts to salvage the family honor. Central to everything is a legal code that states if a rapist marries his victim, all wrongdoing is forgiven. Germi, appalled at this distorted justice, attacks it with propulsive satire, clawing at sexual double standards, macho hypocrisy, and small town oppression along the way. Seduced and Abandoned tears along like a race car down a steep mountain road, turning and lurching in all directions. Its exhilarating momentum escalates into an outright horror film, with all of Italian society as the monster. The ferocity of Germi's characters and the savage ending are almost unbearable; the movie, though almost 50 years old, can still inspire outrage. Accompanied by a few sparkling extras, including a brief interview from 2002 with Sandrelli, still one of the loveliest women in cinema. --Bret Fetzer

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! October 16, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Seduced and Abandoned 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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4.0 out of 5 stars a nice Italian comedy 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Boy . . . July 9, 2010
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An adolescent girl (Stefania Sandrelli) is seduced and impregnated by the wormy fiancee (Aldo Puglisi) of her sister (Paolo Biggio). When her father, a minor Sicilian aristocrat (Saro Urzi) demands that said fiancee marry her, he refuses to marry "damaged goods." Thus begins an epic battle of wills that pretty much ruins the lives of everyone involved. It's a comedy . . .

And what a comedy--not just the brilliant script, which director Pietro Germi co-wrote with the great comedy-writing team of Age and Scarpelli and Luciano Vincenzoni, but the explosively funny performances he gets from his cast, most importantly Sandrelli as the tough-as-nails heroine, Puglisi as the fiancee from hell, and Urzi as her ghastly but well-meaning father. They are beautifully supported by Lando Buzzanca as Sandrelli's galoot of a brother and Leopoldo Trieste as the impoverished major aristocrat that Dad tries to set up as the new fiancee for the older sister. You will laugh constantly, but the laughs will mostly come out of the wrong side of your mouth, and the final scenes are both completely logical and quietly devastating. And you'll still be laughing. The story that Germi was telling, as in his previous masterpiece, DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE, is grim indeed, and needed to be told. But rather than self-righteous polemics, we get withering, bases-clearing satire. Which proved to be the perfect approach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Humor that Works February 1, 2009
The challenge of "Seduced and Abandoned" is met at the very beginning. Everything happens because the leading young lady is is seduced by her sister's fiancee. Since she is not yet 16, this really should not be funny but, if you accept what has happened then you will be able to enjoy what happens throughout the rest of the movie. "Seduced and Abandoned" is many things; a comedy of errors, a satire on Sicilian society, the double-standard between the sexes, and more. This really IS a funny movie and it excels in humor because of the sterotyped characters that range from the bombastic father to the timid brother and everything in between. The ending IS a bit odd but I guess that's in keeping with the beginning. I enjoyed watching "Seduced and Abandoned".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny and good comedy
Published 1 month ago by frank serio
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The purchased arrived on time and in excellent condition. If you are Sicilian, you have to watch this. You will really enjoy it.
Published 5 months ago by maria s
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Divorce, Italian Style"
"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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by V. Risoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical
I have seen this film twice now. Hysterical satire. Great performances. I am looking forward to watching other Germi films
Published 21 months ago by Daniel Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Belissima!
Having been smitten by the Italian Invasion--films starring the Diva/Goddesses, from Magnani, Loren, Viti, Sandrelli, Cardinale, (and consequently married into a big... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Peter W. Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy Italian Style
A delightfully satirical film! Germi explores an antiquated law that eradicates rape if the parties marry. Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by Stefania Casi (The Cultural Sojourner)
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad and funny at the same time
This is a great movie. It is very funny and extremely tragic at the same time. Both features don't contradict, but support each other.
Published on March 12, 2009 by Lenny Gorelik
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, but not as good as "Divorce italian style".
A good film. Very good acting of the whole cast and very good cinematography, the white houses and the black dresses, etc., but a little too much overblown and overwritten. Read more
Published on January 9, 2009 by Sevisan
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