Although no explicit nudity or sex are shown, spousal infidelity is the main plot point of this black comedy. The movie follows a man who is in love with his younger female cousin and wants to get rid of his own wife. He therefore manipulates his wife into rekindling a relationship with her former boyfriend, so he can murder her and get a very light sentence (according to the old Italian “crime of honor” law).


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


It is necessary to know some background knowledge before watching this film. First, Italy was committed to post-war reconstruction in the 1960s, and a number of comedies were born, which were all the rage. Their characteristics were full of joy and not too mischievous, so as to avoid the pain of the war; Second, the film was shot in 1961. At that time, Italy, as a Catholic country, had a divorce prohibition law due to religious commandments. At that time, if you wanted to divorce, you can’t see the end of marriage until one of the husband and wife dies “- this is the so-called” Italian divorce “, which was not abolished until 1970. This gave birth to the story of the film. The film was inspired by the director Pietro germi according to the novel crime of honor. In order to marry his beloved cousin, the hero had to design to let his wife cheat and then kill his wife. The film satirizes the unreasonable marriage law in the form of comedy. It was almost banned because it involved sensational topics such as wife killing, but it was very popular after it was released, especially in the United States, where divorce was very troublesome in those years. It also won the Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film and Oscar for best screenplay.

This film is starred by Italian national treasure actor Marcello mastroiani, who perfectly interprets the role of a frivolous and dirty middle-aged man. Maschuani’s image in this film is representative: he married but fell in love with another woman, like privilege, dissatisfaction, infidelity and hypocrisy – he is the epitome of the Italian aristocracy. Maschuani usually plays a relatively positive role in Fellini’s films. For example, in eight and a half films, he deceived his wife as a husband, but he can also arouse the sympathy of the audience. Pietro Jamie, the film’s director, gave him a completely different space to play. He often narrowed his eyes slightly, kept a neat moustache, behaved frivolously, and often made a strange habit. The image of an unreliable man was firm.

I think he has a perfect actor’s face, which makes his play very wide. It’s not very handsome. It’s always regarded as no acting skills. When you need to be handsome, it’s not bad to match his temperament. Look at his brilliant resume: two Cannes, two Venice, three Oscar nominations, two British Film Academy, one golden globe, eight Italian Film Association, and lifetime achievement awards at various film festivals.

A supporting role in this film attracted my attention, that is, the hero’s beloved cousin, debauchery and pure. Saliva ~ I went to learn more about the actor Stefania sandrelli. It turned out that she had just won the Venice Lifetime Achievement Award (together with Hayao Miyazaki). Sandrelli, who was only 15 years old and a student, was selected from more than 100 candidates to play this key role, which made her famous at one stroke.

There is a forbidden plot in the film. It shows Fellini’s “sweet life” (produced in 1960, a classic in film history, which depicts the degeneration of Roman nobles who are very close to the Holy See, so it was boycotted by the Italian Catholic Church and the Holy See). Interestingly, the film is also starred by mascuani, and he also went to the cinema to see “sweet life”, ha-ha.

This film is a typical black comedy with high entertainment, but this film is not just a farce. The director Pietro Jamie touched more on the absurdity of Italian moral ideas at that time, which is a sharp satire and accusation of male chauvinism. The concept of “Italian divorce” was of great significance at that time.

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