Divorce Italian Style Divorce Italian Style

Divorce Italian Style

Pietro Germi

 
Divorce Italian Style (Criterion DVD)

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  • Italy
  • 1961
  • 104 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #286

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. The Criterion Collection is proud to present director Pietro Germi’s hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture, winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Cast

Baron Ferdinando CefalùMarcello Mastroianni
RosaliaDaniela Rocca
AngelaStefania Sandrelli
Carmelo PatanèLeopoldo Trieste
Don GaetanoOdoardo Spadaro
AgneseAngela Cardile
SisinaMargherita Girelli
Donna MatildeBianca Castagnetta
Rosario MulèLando Buzzanca
Avv. De MarziPietro Tordi
Zia FifiddaLaura Tomiselli
Don CalogeroUgo Torrente
Il ParrocoAntonio Acqua

Credits

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Pietro Germi: The Man with the Cigar in His Mouth, a 39-minute documentary by critic and filmmaker Mario Sesti featuring interviews with Germi’s longtime friends and collaborators
  • Delighting in Contrasts, a new 30-minute collection of interviews with Sesti and actors Lando Buzzanca and Stefania Sandrelli discussing Germi on the set of Divorce Italian Style
  • An interview with screenwriter Ennio De Concini
  • Rare screen-test footage of actresses Daniela Rocca and Stefania Sandrelli
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a 28-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted pieces by director Martin Scorsese and film historian Andrew Sarris

    New cover illustration by Jaime Hernandez, design by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Divorce Italian Style: The Facts (and Fancies) of Murder

By Stuart Klawans April 25, 2005

Trains frame the story and provide its turning point; cars advance the plot. Through these vehicles, Pietro Germi offers locomotive relief in Divorce Italian Style, a comedy about the horrors of . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Divorce Italian Style: The Facts (and Fancies) of Murder

By Stuart Klawans April 25, 2005

Trains frame the story and provide its turning point; cars advance the plot. Through these vehicles, Pietro Germi offers locomotive relief in Divorce Italian Style, a comedy about the horrors of . . . Read more »