Tuesday, October 5, 2010

DIVORCE - ITALIAN STYLE (1961)

Impoverished Italian aristocrat Ferdinando Cefalu lives an idle life with his extended family in a rundown mansion. He passes his days working on crossword puzzles, sipping coffee and most importantly: trying to avoid his overbearing, annoying wife. She has more facial hair than Magnum P.I. and pesters him 25 hours a day by talking nonstop and wanting to cuddle. His life is Hell, but then things take a turn for the better when his extremely hot, 16-year-old cousin moves in. They make goo-goo eyes at each other and when finally they get a chance to speak and let their love for each other known he makes it his #1 goal in life to get rid of his wife and marry his cousin!

Problem is divorce is illegal, so he has to figure out another way. He's got it! There's a law that if you find your wife in the arms of another man you can kill her in the heat of passion and only serve 3 years in prison...but how's he ever going to find somebody desperate and believable enough to want to seduce his hideous wife?!

I love this movie. I've seen it a number of times and I was lucky enough yesterday to actually see it in a theater! It was great! The style of the movie actually reminds me a lot of some of Preston Sturges' comedies, but I have have no idea if director Pietro Germi was a fan or not. If you get a chance to watch it I highly recommend that you do. Yea, it's b&w and subtitled, but the story is so rich and the acting so animated that you can't help be get lost in the excitement.