To celebrate the month of Valentine’s Day, taking a look at two love stories by Pietro Germi, both set in Sicily: Divorce Italian Style (1961) and Seduced and Abandoned (1964). These films, prime examples of commedia all’italiana, critique Italian law and society, examine public life and gender roles, all set against a backdrop of decaying aristocracy and the rise of the mafia. The dichotomy of simultaneously subverting institutions while putting on a face to follow the word of the law only heighten these outrageous, endlessly entertaining tales.
- Criterion Collection: Divorce Italian Style | Seduced and Abandoned | Miracle in Milan
- Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
This episode features the following music excerpts from the films’ soundtracks:
- “Canto D’Amore”
- “Orazione Avvocato”
- “Alla deguello”
- “Onore e famiglia”