Seduced and Abandoned [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1964]

Pietro Germi's farcical satire of one family's struggle to cover the tracks of unwed motherhood comes to North American DVD with this superb release from the Criterion Collection. Seduced and Abandoned (aka Sedotta e Abbandonata) has been given a widescreen transfer, letterboxed at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16x9 playback on widescreen monitors; the source elements look clean and well cared for, and the transfer captures the details with commendable clarity. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the quality is as good as one can expect from the film's vintage. The dialogue is in the original Italian, with optional subtitles in English. Bonus materials include a Commedia all'Italiana: Germi Style, a documentary on Italian comedy and in particular Pietro Germi's work which features exclusive interviews with a number of his collaborators; new interviews with cast members Lando Buzzanca and Stefania Sandrelli; clips from Sandrelli's screen test for the movie; the original Italian theatrical trailer; and an essay by critic and film historian Irene Bignardi. While some cinephiles may not regard Seduced and Abandoned as one of Criterion's "prestige" titles, they've extended the same care and attention to it that they give all their releases, and anyone with a taste for European comedy will be pleased with the results.
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Overview

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Commedia all'italiana: germi style, a video piece featuring new interviews with screenwriters Furio Scarpelli and Luciano Vincenzoni and Italian film scholar Mario Sesti
  • Interviews with actors Stefania Sandrelli and Lando Buzzanca
  • Stefania Sandrelli screen test
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a new essay by film scholar Irene Bignardi

Synopsis

Sedotta e Abbandonata
Mistakenly labeled as a neorealist drama in some sources, Seduced and Abandoned is actually a slyly constructed Italian domestic comedy (could anyone have really taken that florid title seriously?) Aldo Puglisi plays a "love 'em and leave 'em" type who impregnates the teen-aged sister (Stefania Sandrelli) of his own fiancee (Paola Biggio). Saro Urzi, the girls' infuriated father, insists that Puglisi break off with the older girl to marry the younger. The police get into the act, threatening to arrests Puglisi for corrupting the morals of a minor. Through some quick thinking on his part, Puglisi manages to get the younger girl to indignantly refuse his hand in marriage. The family is torn asunder by this incident, with darkly comic results. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Stefania Sandrelli
    Stefania Sandrelli - Agnese Ascalone
  • Saro Urzi
    Saro Urzi - Vincenzo Ascalone
  • Lando Buzzanca
    Lando Buzzanca - Antonio Ascalone
  • Leopoldo Trieste
    Leopoldo Trieste - Baron Rizieri
  • Aldo Puglisi
    Aldo Puglisi - Peppino Califano
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