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Pietro Germi - Divorzio All'Italiana aka Divorce - Italian Style (1961)

Murder has rarely been as mirthful (cinematically speaking, of course) as in this uproarious Italian comedy that earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Leading actor Marcello Mastroianni and director Pietro Germi (who also co-wrote the script) both landed additional Oscar nominations for their inspired work in this yarn about Ferdinando Cefalu, a layabout baron whose impatience with Rosalia (Daniela Rocca), his clinging chatterbox of a wife, escalates the more he falls for his voluptuous teenage cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli). Since divorce is forbidden among the populace of this provincial Sicilian town, Ferdinando realizes that the only way he can be with Angela is to paint Rosalia as an unfaithful spouse and kill her under the socially acceptable guise of protecting his honor and his "manhood" (since nothing's more pitiful in this town than a cuckolded husband).


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