Divorzio all'Italiana (Divorce Italian Style)
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Divorzio all'Italiana (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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Years ahead of its time."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"This is one of the funniest pictures the Italians have sent along."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"If you're in the mood for a cynical, time-traveling Italian vacation, you couldn't do much better than this."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"Murder has rarely been as mirthful (cinematically speaking, of course) as in this uproarious Italian comedy."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The cast are perfect, the always watchable Mastroianni excelling in a tailor-made role."
‑ , Film4
"[A] deeply amoral morality tale."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"It remains a terrific entertainment, a European corollary to Preston Sturges."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A brilliant comic performance from Mastroianni which has been compared to the deadpan style of Keaton."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It is the most subversive jab at Mastrioanni's chauvinist characters possible, circumstantial metaphysics in which the lecher is targeted by the very film he inhabits."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Skillfully written, with a penetrating, almost brutal glimpse of Sicily and its antiquated way of life, it has been directed by Pietro Germi with lagless pace and consistent incisiveness, evoking constant chuckles rather than isolated guffaws."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mastroianni, who was Oscar-nominated, truly shines in this wildly funny, darkly humorous Italian comedy, which was a huge international hit."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wickedly funny black comedy satirizes Italy's antiquated institutions."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a black and silly exercise in hilarity"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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