To fully appreciate the international box-office bonanza Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio All'Italiana), one must remember that back in 1962, divorce was illegal in Italy. Ferdinando Cefalú(Marcello Mastroianni) would love to unload his demanding, sex-starved, monumentally unappealing wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca), but he can't take the legal means open to his American counterparts. Ferdinando can, however, kill off his wife and receive a light sentence...provided he catches the lady committing adultery. The trick now is to make his plate-of-potatoes spouse attractive enough so that some other man will accommodate Ferdinando by cuckolding him. Divorce, Italian Style not only cleaned up financially, but also won several international film awards, as well as an Oscar nomination for Marcello Mastroianni. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Just rent Disc one which is the entire movie. The movie is great and actually funny despite the dark topic if you keep in mind that this took place a long time ago. Disc 2 disc is just the extras, interviews and screen tests, it is not good at all, don't waste a rental on Disc 2!
Pipe, don't waste your time! The 1st disc was just okay, considering it's so old, but this one will bore you to tears! Hearing a host of people brag about Pietro Germi is like watching paint dry. After the first praise, who cares? Boring, boring, boring.
This was the first Marcello Mastroianni film I ever saw and I knew immediately he was a rate talent. I later caught up with the Fellini films. Looking at it now, some 48 years later, I haven't changed my mind. Back then, this was a laugh out loud farce. Now it feels more subtle and eligiac...still a comedy, but at the expense of the faded glory of Sicily and its idled men. And now, with the economic woes of all the Mediterranean Eurozone countries, this film is once again essential viewing. I recommend it.