1961 – 35mm – b/n – 105’


Direction: Pietro Germi

Screenplay: Alfredo Giannetti, Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi

Cinematography: Leonida Barboni, Carlo Di Palma

Editing: Roberto Cinquini

Set design: Carlo Egidi

Music: Carlo Rustichelli

Costumes: Dina Di Bari

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Umberto Spadaro

Producer: Franco Cristaldi

Production: Galatea Film, Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica



Sicily. Baron Ferdinando Cefalù, known as Fefè, falls in love with his attractive and very young cousin Angela, who returns his feelings. But he has been married for twelve years with nagging Rosalia, to whom he doesn’t feel attracted anymore. As the Italian law does not allow divorce at the time, Fefè plans to push his wife into the arms of another man so that he can catch her red-handed and murder her, receiving a light sentence for committing an honour killing. The return of Carmelo Patanè, a painter and old suitor of Rosalia who had been presumed dead in the war, seems to provide an ideal opportunity. Fefè therefore tries to get Carmelo and Rosalia back in love and comes up with a perfect plan.



“Germi tells us a grotesque story with a bitter taste, which sounds like something from a Vitaliano Brancati novel. The director proves himself a keen and effective observer of certain social customs, and portrays them in a fresh and authentic way, though with an over-the-top tone, which makes the film one of the prototypes of the “commedia all’italiana” (Comedy Italian Style). Hilarious and stimulating, rich in caustic laughs and malicious reflections that turn it from a libel to a pamphlet. (…) The exceptional actors greatly contribute to the success of the film.”

(Sebastiano Gesù, inPietro Germi il siciliano, 40due editions)



1962 Nastri d’Argento Silver Ribbons: Best Story, Screenplay, Actor

1963 Oscar: Best Original Screenplay

1963 Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor