English Title: Marriage Italian Style
Original Title: Matrimonio all’italiana
Country: Italy, France
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Eduardo De Filippo
Piero De Bernardi
Music: Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography: Roberto Gerardi
The film employs a tremendously perky rhythm and register to showcase the traits of the earthly Italy at its post-war development, even though essentially the overwrought kernel of a prostitute’s tribulations could hardly appropriate as a comedy material.
Vittorio De Sica’s camera enigmatically haunts and pivots around two leads’ present and past, the intangible love/hate chaos is disarmingly intriguing and subconsciously imbues the audience with a fervent compassion towards Sophia Loren’s unswerving while passionate Filumena. The leading performance is worth of much accolade, especially for Sophia Loren, whose full-brown force of personality spanning over 20 years in the film and undisputedly devotes a magnificent performance with all her zest and vigor. Marcello Mastroianni, is great as well, to hone up his versatility and render the womanizer an ambiguous moral criterion which is a more delicate task.
I cannot help being fascinated by the exquisite script as well, credited by five names, no wonder all the twists and turns are so fruitful in a way that both surprising and amusing. Nominated for 2 Oscars (BEST FOREIGN FILM and a second BEST ACTRESS nomination for Loren) and is a milestone which not only represents Loren’s heyday but also is a comforting fruition of Loren-Conti correlation. Maybe it is not director De Sica’s best canon due to its slight superficiality of machismo, which I sense may not be the director’s fault as it is a general bias lies in all over the globe. Anyway, the film itself surely is a fine piece which captures a genuine Italian aura (the Naples’ style) and definitely worth your pocket money.