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Divorce, Italian Style ( ) is a 1961 Italian comedy film directed by Pietro Germi. The film was written by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti, and Agenore Incrocci; it stars Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Lando Buzzanca, and Leopoldo Trieste.


Divorce, Italian Style is a satire, telling the story of a Sicilian nobleman, Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) who wants to marry his cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli). Since divorce was illegal in Italymarker at the time, he has to try to make his current wife Rosalia Cefalù (Daniela Rocca) have an affair so that he can catch her in flagrante delicto, murder her, and receive a light sentence for committing an honour killing.

This film won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen; it was nominated both for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marcello Mastroianni) and for Best Director. The film was also entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2008 Divorce, Italian Style was turned into an opera by Giorgio Battistelli; as Divorce à l'Italienne, it was premiered by the Opéra National de Lorraine on September 30 of that year. Tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke took the role created by Mastroianni. Battistelli chose to set every female role, except for Angela, for low male voice; to that end, Bruno Praticò sang the role of Rosalia.


  • Marcello Mastroianni - Ferdinando Cefalù
  • Daniela Rocca - Rosalia Cefalù
  • Stefania Sandrelli - Angela
  • Leopoldo Trieste - Carmelo Patanè
  • Odoardo Spadaro - Don Gaetano Cefalù
  • Margherita Girelli - Sisina
  • Angela Cardile - Agnese
  • Lando Buzzanca - Rosario Mulè
  • Pietro Tordi - Attorney De Marzi
  • Ugo Torrente - Don Calogero
  • Antonio Acqua - Priest
  • Bianca Castagnetta - Donna Matilde Cefalù
  • Giovanni Fassiolo
  • Ignazio Roberto Daidone
  • Francesco Nicastro


  1. Opera News review

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