- High Definition Digital Transfer
The Man With A Cigar In His Mouth Documentary
Delighting In Contrasts: Collection of Interviews with Filmmaker/Critic Mario Sesti & Actors Stefania Sandrelli & Lando Buzzanca
- Interview with Screenwriter Ennio De Concini
- Rare Screen Test Footage of Actors Stefania Sandrelli & Daniela Rocca
- 28-Page Booklet Featuring Essays by Film Critic Stuart Klawans, Director Martin Scorsese & Film Historian Andrew Sarris
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English (Optional)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 26, 2005
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Criterion
Note: This release is a newly restored High-Definition digital transfer and new and improved English subtitles.
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dobly Digital Mono 2.0 - Italian
Disc 1: DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE
Disc 2: Special Features
- Documentary - 1. PIETRO GERMI: THE MAN WITH THE CIGAR IN HIS MOUTH (39 minutes).
- Additional Footage - 1. Screen Test with Daniela Rocca and Stefania Sandrelli
- Video Interview:
- DELIGHTING IN CONTRASTS - 30 minute interview
- Ennio De Concini - Screen Writer
- 28-page booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted pieces by Martin Scorsese and film historian Andrew Sarris
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1962 -
Best Original Screenplay
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.
Black Comedy |
- A co-production of Lux-Vides-Galatea.
- Copyright 1962, 1990 Lux-Vides-Galatea Film.