Divorce Italian Style (1961)


“Have you really got another headache?’ – Ferdinando

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Catholic man who wishes to divorce his wife tries to find a way to end his marriage so he can marry his beautiful young cousin.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before seeing that Mastroianni was nominated for Best Actor for this role.

Not being a fan of foreign films, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this film and was very pleasantly surprised when I realized how much fun this film is.

They do an amazing job keeping this storyline both fun and dark the entire time.

The aspect of how much family and faith are a part of his life are very apparent even when we see that despite this, he wishes to find a way to somehow end his marriage in order to marry someone else who he perceives is an even better “catch”.

Mastroianni is amazing in the lead role and definitely deserved his Oscar nomination for this role because on the one hand hos character comes across as being very straightforward and thoughtful, yet we are constantly shown the inner workings of his thoughts which are much more scheming and devious.

We are shown so many clever scenarios and when each happens, we never are 100% sure whether they are real or a construction of his mind.

They do a great job constantly proving that the old adage of the “Grass isn’t always greener” really might be correct.

Bottom Line – Hilarious dark comedy about a man no longer in love with his wife he tries to scheme his way out of his marriage since due to his faith, he cannot divorce her. Mastroianni is great in the lead role because he comes across as so straightforward yet we constantly see how his mind works throughout. The way that the film gives us scenario upon scenario about ways to end his marriage works really well because it always flows really well with the story and you are never sure at first what is real and what is fantasy. Love the constant “Grass isn’t always greener attitude of the story. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stefania Sandrelli had problems crying in the scene where Marcello Mastroianni got spat on for being a cuckold by Carmelo Patanè’s wife. After many wasted takes and having been prompted by an onlooker, director Pietro Germi–with an unlit half cigar in his mouth–got up from his chair, walked over to her and gave her two good slaps. Sandrelli was embarrassed because she had been slapped in front of hundreds of people and really did begin crying ,and the the scene was finally shot. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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