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Divorce Italian Style

Divorce Italian Style
(1961, Pietro Germi)
Divorce Italian Style is a fun and humorous look on murder, cheating, and incest, along with that Italian charm no one can help but love. This film probably had the most laughs of any foreign film I've seen, and it is one of the most enjoyable films I've seen from any country.

The highlights of this film are the acting and the writing. The dialogue is witty and funny, and the film even won best original screenplay at the Oscars. The films black humor is incredible, and way ahead of its time. The main character is played perfectly by Marcello Mastroianni, and it is probably my favorite performance I've seen from him. This is probably the first time that I've ever watched a film and rooted for the character who wanted to murder his wife.

The reason that I think this film is overlooked is because it can get lost in translation. The taboo of divorce and being a cuckhold doesn't really translate to America, and could be one of the reasons it was never hugely successful in the states. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone, and I had a blast watching it.

Overall Rating

Very fun and entertaining