Divorce Italian Style (1961) [The Criterion Collection]
2xDVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC | 1.85:1 | 16:9 | 720x480 | 01:44:34 | 12.1 Gb
Languages Available: Italian 1.0 AC3 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitle: English
Extra: Scene Selection, Menù, Featurettes, Commentary, Documentary, Interviews
Genre: Comedy, Drama | Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 9 nominations
An entertaining ensemble comedy about the extremes one man goes to circumvent Italian divorce laws, Divorce - Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana, 1961) was a big hit in Italy as well as on the American art house circuit. Americans were undoubtedly drawn to the scandalous nature and then-steamy sexuality of its script, as well as to its thickly-lacquered Sicilian atmosphere - this is an Italian film full of exaggerated if funny Italian stereotypes. Criterion's supplements work to put the film into sociopolitical context, an important component of the film's and its director's reputation in Italy, but one generally lost on non-Italians.