Divorce, Italian Style

Another old movie here — if a film released 51 years ago counts as “old.” I just saw Divorce, Italian Style for the first time, having missed it back in 1961 (when I would have been too young for it anyway). This Italian comedy, starring Marcello Mastroianni plus a bunch of actors I’ve never heard of, is an amusing and well-constructed story based on the impossibility of getting a divorce in Italy before 1970. As with any film that has subtitles, you have to pay attention — no texting while watching this one — but your attention is repaid in full by the quality of the movie. It’s great to see something that’s genuinely Italian, including an homage to early Fellini. Don’t miss the final few wordless seconds, which provide the payback to the protagonist.

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