USA Today - 05/29/1992
"...[A] still funny spoof of Italy's divorce laws....Capped by a satisfying final gag..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 05/20/2005
"This classic tickler is the driest and blackest of dry, black comedies..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2005
"Mastroianni gives one of the most detailed and amusing performances of his career."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Baron Ferdinando Cefalu (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. The Criterion Collection is proud to present director Pietro Germi's hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture, winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
A bored upper-class Sicilian (Mastroianni) has grown tired of his wife and would rather marry his attractive cousin. Unfortunately, divorce is illegal in Italy. Therefore, he decides to find a lover for his wife and murder her out of "jealousy". A hilarious farce about love and marriage. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Director, Best Actor-Marcello Mastroianni.
Director Pietro Germi's hilarious and pointed satire of Italian marital conventions is the prototypical Italian sex comedy. Ferdinando Cefalu, a handsome Sicilian nobleman, longs to marry his beautiful nubile cousin Angela. There's only one problem: he's already married. Living in a society that frowns on divorce but forgives crimes of passion, Ferdinando devises a plan. He plots to prove his wife an adulteress, after which he can kill her and marry his cousin with impunity.