Divorce, Italian Style [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1962]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • The Man With a 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 actors Stefania Sandrelli and Daniela Rocca
  • 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

Synopsis

Divorce, Italian Style
To fully appreciate the international box-office bonanza Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio All'Italiana), one must remember that back in 1962, divorce was illegal in Italy. Ferdinando Cefalú(Marcello Mastroianni) would love to unload his demanding, sex-starved, monumentally unappealing wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca), but he can't take the legal means open to his American counterparts. Ferdinando can, however, kill off his wife and receive a light sentence...provided he catches the lady committing adultery. The trick now is to make his plate-of-potatoes spouse attractive enough so that some other man will accommodate Ferdinando by cuckolding him. Divorce, Italian Style not only cleaned up financially, but also won several international film awards, as well as an Oscar nomination for Marcello Mastroianni. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marcello Mastroianni
    Marcello Mastroianni - Ferdinando
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    Daniela Rocca - Rosalia
  • Stefania Sandrelli
    Stefania Sandrelli - Angela
  • Leopoldo Trieste
    Leopoldo Trieste - Carmelo Patane
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    Margherita Girelli - Sisina
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