Vittorio de Sica is a director with a strong Neorealistic background, being credited as one of the best directors of Italian classic cinema. After WWII, due to the fact that the Cinecita studios were shelter for the homeless, de Sica was forced to find open spaces where to film with non-professional actors. Sometime in the 50s he abandoned the Neorealistic style and made dramas and comedies with some of Italy’s finest actors, like Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
His Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage Italian Style) teams the two great actors in a brilliant and humorous comedy about the typical Italian relationship. On her deathbed, Filumena, Domenico Soriano’s mistress for more than 20 years, has only one last wish: to become his wife. She has a doubtful past, he is a playboy. Thinking back at their love affair, Domenico agrees to marry her out of guilt. When he realizes he’s been tricked into marriage, he annuls it only to discover that Filumena has three sons, one of which she claims to be his own. Sophia Loren is hilarious and heartbraking in her role and Marcello Mastroianni plays perfectly his caddish character. An ironic comedy with a frank approach on moral principles and human nature.
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