Castro Theatre Sat, Sep 22, 2018 10:30 PM
Film Info
Running Time:105 min.
Language:Italian with English subtitles
Director:Pietro Germi
Producer:Franco Cristaldi
Screenwriter:Ennio De Concini
Pietro Germi
Alfredo Giannetti
Agenore Incrocci
Cinematographer:Carlo Di Palma
Leonida Barboni
Editor:Roberto Cinquini
Cast:Marcello Mastroianni
Daniela Rocca
Stefania Sandrelli
Leopoldo Trieste


Marcello Mastroianni plays an impoverished, bored Sicilian aristocrat who hatches an elaborate scheme to murder his wife after inveigling her into an adulterous affair. According to Italian custom, he would be justified in killing her, by defending his “honor,” (divorce being forbidden in Italy). Conveniently he would be then free to marry his young, beautiful cousin, who seems to return his affections, right up to the film’s final, wicked shot. Director Germi, who co-wrote the slyly clever script with Ennio De Concini and Alfredo Gianetti, had a background in neorealist Italian dramas, and that would serve him well in his sendup of the Catholic country’s cultural habits and social mores. Mastroianni’s voiceover narration offers wry commentary on those traditions, effectively skewered by Germi. Bosley Crowther in the New York Times called it “a dandy, satiric farce” and Time lauded Germi for “something wildly, wickedly, wonderfully funny. He has applied a cunning hotfoot to the world’s biggest boot.” (Laemmle)

Winner of Best Screenplay at the 1963 Academy Awards® and Winner of Best Foreign Film and Best Actor at the 1963 Golden Globes

Presented in 35 mm film. Print provided by Janus Films, New York City.