Marriage Italian Style
|Marriage Italian Style|
US re-release film poster
|Directed by||Vittorio De Sica|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
|Screenplay by||Renato Castellani
Piero De Bernardi
|Based on||Filumena Marturano
by Eduardo De Filippo
|Music by||Armando Trovajoli|
|Edited by||Adriana Novelli|
Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
Les Films Concordia
|Distributed by||Interfilm (Italy)
Embassy Pictures (US)
|Box office||$4.1 million (US/Canada) (rentals)|
It tells the World War II era story of a cynical, successful businessman named Domenico (Mastroianni), who, after meeting a naive country girl, Filumena (Loren), one night in a Neapolitan brothel, keeps frequenting her for years in an on-off relationship (as she continues working as a prostitute). He eventually takes her in his house as a semi-official mistress under the pretense that she take care of his ailing, senile mother. After having fallen for a younger, prettier girl and having planned to marry her, he finds himself cornered when Filumena feigns illness and "on her deathbed", asks to be married to him. Thinking she'll be dead in a matter of hours and that the 'marriage' won't even be registered, he agrees. After having been proclaimed his legal bride, the shrewd and resourceful Filumena drops the charade and reveals to have put up the show for the one child she bore from him (she gave birth to three sons but Domenico only maintained to have fathered one). Domenico tries to cajole her into telling him which one is his but she stalwartly refuses, telling him that sons can't be picked and chosen and that he has to be the father of all three. It stars Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Vito Moricone.
One of the film's most memorable moments is when Domenico is on the phone with his new flame, shortly after having married the "moribund" Filumena. As he reassures his fiancée that death is near, a wild-eyed and vengeful Filumena emerges from a curtain behind him and exclaims in Neapolitan that she is in fact alive and well—the Madonna having taken pity on her.
- Sophia Loren - Filumena Marturano
- Marcello Mastroianni - Domenico Soriano
- Aldo Puglisi - Alfredo
- Tecla Scarano - Rosalia
- Marilù Tolo - Diana (as Marilu' Tolo)
- Gianni Ridolfi - Umberto
- Generoso Cortini - Michele
- Vito Moricone - Riccardo
- Rita Piccione - Teresina, seamstress
- Lino Mattera
- Alfio Vita - Un pasticciere
- Alberto Castaldi - (as Alberto Gastaldi)
- Anna Santoro
- Enza Maggi - Lucia, maid
- Mara Marilli
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 1965  and Loren for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1964. It was also entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
- Filumena Marturano
- List of submissions to the 38th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Italian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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- "NY Times: Marriage Italian-Style". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- "The 38th Academy Awards (1966) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-12-02.