Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Divorce Italian Style
A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.
I loved this film, such an incredible critique of Italian social mores, of old versus new morality, of the suffocating nature of small town southern Italy. Funny and incisive, with probably Mastroianni's best performance. Black humour at the service of serious issues - gendered double standards, class, even influence of the Mafia - blended with some pretty radical filmmaking, with dream sequences, documentary-style introductions, etc. Capped off with one of the all time great final shots. Most likely a masterpiece.
But what about mine?
Last year i fell in love with Italy...Bellissima :-)watching this movie only reaffirms that notion..It's a rollicking and hysterical ride from start to finish..Marcello Mastroianni in the middle of his golden spell is a delight to watch with his twitches and well oiled hair( I need to rewatch La Dolce Vita again hehe)..This protagonist makes use of the law for his own benefit..as for the final shot i did not see that one coming! Romantic and seductive in equal measures!!!!
Pietro Germi was smart. The joyful and quick direction used for introducing the Sicily of the 60s presents a whole society as a context, and the incomparable Mastroianni in his most iconic performance yet. It is a superb satire sprinkled with dark humor throughout, something not quite well received by then, but very appreciated now. For once, the Academy noticed the difference between a well elaborate screenplay and their toilet.
A Sunday afternoon respite from my more usual, of late, darker and edgier, exploitation movies, allows me to watch again, after a gap of many years, this post neo-realist gem from director, Pietro Germi. Still shot in some way as the neo-realist films were, with stunning b/w cinematography, much location shooting and those streets filled with emotionally charged locals, but without the sentimentality that could mar the earlier films. A comic opera of a tale, full of family honour and dishonour, male entitlement and female subservience. Not that light for a Sunday afternoon then! But this is deftly done with light touches and strong sense of humour. The heartfelt traditions and cornerstones of Italian society, or more especially, here Sicilian…
A quirky, Italian comedy on the terrors of being married to a woman with the worst laugh ever!
Marriage does not come without its temptations. Some marriages are also almost certain not to last. Sometimes, partners want to leave their relationship when the going gets sour.
But what happens when those temptations subsume every waking part of the spouse's mind? And what happens when the society you live in refuses to allow you the freedom to amicably separate? To what extents will the modern man go to secure a divorce? These are the questions at the heart of the deadly sardonic, hilarious Italian farce Divorce Italian Style, directed by Pietro Germi and starring one of the biggest stars of the Italian cinema, the great Marcello Mastroianni (from Fellini’s 8½ and La Dolce Vita, and Antonioni’s La Notte, among…
Angela, Fefè, Angela!
The whole premise of this movie was pretty disturbing tbh
A cheeky, drawling film that combines an unrecommended obsession, a requited passion, a plot for cheating, and plot for murder. Murder, of course, being the divorce method of choice when actual-factual divorce isn't legal. Thus the (equally cheeky) title.
Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Fernando, a man with a beautiful wife (Rosalia, played by Daniela Rocca), and an even more beautiful first cousin (Angela, played by Stefania Sandrelli). He's a well-to-do man in keen societal standing, living in one wing of a mansion-like home, the other wing occupied by... Angela and her family. Such is the nature of film that his bathroom window peeps deliciously down into Angela's bedroom.
Maybe his obsession could have developed harmlessly, resulting in an awkward moment…
Divorcio a la italiana.
Estupenda comedia negra made in italy.
Un irrepetible Marcello Mastroiani encabeza el reparto.
Marcello quiere divorciarse y piensa que la mejor forma de conseguirlo es intentar que se sienta atraido por alguien, asi que se pone manos a la obra para facilitar a los admiradores de ella el camino.
Contiene todo lo mejor de la comedia de costumbres italiana.
What I want to know is how did Ferdinando not seem to notice the uncanny resemblance between himself and the handsome gentleman that stars in La Dolce Vita?
Marcello Mastroianni is wonderful in this delightfully funny dark, situational comedy. A charming picture, despite its not-so-sympathetic plight.
A little known fact about Italy is that divorce was not possible there until 1970, even then it was a messy 10 year process. Recently Italy has slashed the time it takes to get a divorce to six months from 3 years THREE YEARS! Naturally this was a frequent topic of drama and humor. No one in the world could have done a better job with this than Pietro Germi, truly the master of italian satirical comedies.
Dark. Devious. Delightful. Divorce. (Though it could be 15 minutes shorter.)
Surprisingly fun, given the content matter. I was reminded of Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours in certain parts, but it's a unique enough experience regardless.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
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Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)