La legge è uguale per tutti: Divorce Italian Style (1961)


Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni), the protagonist of Pietro Germi’s 1961 film Divorce Italian Style, is a man in love. Alas, there’s a problem. Is it the fact that Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), the object of his affections, is his first cousin? Is it that she’s sixteen and he’s thirty-seven? No, no; these are mere trifles as far as he’s concerned. The real problem is that he’s already married to the suffocating Rosalia (Daniela Rocca), and because divorce is illegal in early 1960s Sicily, he’s stuck with her… unless she should happen to die. Ah, but how to accomplish that? Fantasize though he will — he imagines her stabbed and pushed into a vat of soap, drowned in quicksand, shot by the Mafia, launched into space — no viable solution presents itself until a local murder trial makes the news.

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