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Divorce, Italian Style

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Original title
Divorzio all'italiana
Running time
104 min.
Italy Italy
Ennio De Concini, Alfredo Giannetti, Pietro Germi
Carlo Rustichelli
Carlo Di Palma, Leonida Barboni (B&W)
Galatea Film
Comedy | Black Comedy. Satire. Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
Baron Fefé Cefalù is a Sicilian nobleman bored of life and of wife Rosalia: he falls in love with young and beautiful cousin Angela, who spends summers in the same palace. Since divorce is impossible in Italy in the 1960s, he decides to kill the wife, knowing that sentence would be very light if he proved that he committed murder for a matter of honour, i.e. when he found the wife together with another man. Therefore, he starts finding a lover for Rosalia, using Carmelo Patané, a painter well-known by her.
1962: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 3 Nominations
1962: Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Picture (Samuel Goldwyn Award)
1962: Sindicato de Directores (DGA): Nominada a Mejor director
1962: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1962: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Films
1963: BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Mastroianni). 3 Nominations
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