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Marriage Italian Style

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Marriage Italian Style
Marriage Italian Style.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
ItalianMatrimonio all'italiana
Directed byVittorio De Sica
Screenplay by
Based onFilumena Marturano
by Eduardo De Filippo
Produced byCarlo Ponti
CinematographyRoberto Gerardi
Edited byAdriana Novelli
Music byArmando Trovajoli
  • Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
  • Les Films Concordia
Distributed by
  • Interfilm (Italy)
  • SNC (France)
Release dates
  • 19 December 1964 (1964-12-19) (Italy)
  • 30 December 1964 (1964-12-30) (France)
Running time
102 minutes
  • Italy
  • France
  • Italian
  • Neapolitan
Box office
  • $3.7 million (Italy)[1]
  • $4.1 million (US and Canada rentals)[2]
  • $9.1 million (US and Canada)[3]

Marriage Italian Style (Italian: Matrimonio all'italiana [matriˈmɔːnjo allitaˈljaːna]) is a 1964 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.[4]

The film was adapted by Leonardo Benvenuti, Renato Castellani, Piero De Bernardi, and Tonino Guerra from the play Filumena Marturano by Eduardo De Filippo. Filumena Marturano had previously been adapted as a 1950 Argentine film.

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Set during the World War II era, the film follows a cynical but successful 28-year-old businessman named Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni), who, after meeting a naive 17-year-old country girl, Filumena (Sophia Loren), during a bombing outside a Neapolitan brothel, starts an on-again, off-again relationship spanning 22 years. From the very beginning, Filumena is deeply in love with Domenico, but her love is not reciprocated. After Filumena expresses her wish to be solely his woman, Domenico arranges a leased home for her, with Rosalie as a maid and Alfredo (Aldo Puglisi) as the butler, and arranges a job for her in his shop. He eventually takes her into his house as a semi-official mistress under the pretence that she is the niece of Carmela (his mother's former maid) there to take care of his ailing, senile mother. Domenico's mindset about Filumena's past keeps him from taking their relationship seriously.

After having fallen for the 20-year-old cashier in his store, Domenico (now 50) plans to marry her. But he finds himself cornered when Filumena feigns illness and, while "on her deathbed", asks him to marry her. Thinking she will be dead in a matter of hours and the marriage won't even be registered, he agrees. After having been proclaimed his legal bride, the shrewd and resourceful Filumena drops the charade of feigning death. This sends Domenico into a fit of rage, as he feels that Filumena tricked him for his money. But Filumena reveals the real reason for the marriage: she did it for the three children that she bore (Umberto, Riccardo, and Michele). As the children were coming of age, she wanted them to have Domenico's family name.

Domenico won't accept this and decides to contest the marriage. The law rules in his favour and the marriage is annulled. Filumena accepts the annulment but tells Domenico that he had fathered one of the children. She does not say which one, as she considers all of them as equal. However, she gives him a hint that his child was conceived on the night Domenico said "to pretend we are in love" and gave her a 100-lira note on which she wrote the date of that night. She gives that note to Domenico. Domenico is visibly rattled by this revelation but can't solve the clue.

Domenico tries desperately to figure out which child he had fathered. He visits the children at their workplace and tries other means but hits a dead end.

He meets up with Filumena and tries to force an answer out of her but she reveals nothing more. As a last resort, Domenico decides to confront the children directly, but Filumena vehemently opposes this, as the prospect of Domenico's money would drive a wedge between the children. As they scuffle, they tumble down and fall into each other's arms. The couple then proclaims their love for each other with a kiss and decides to remarry.

At the church, the boys wait, and Domenico arrives. Domenico mentions that, because he will be marrying their mother, he will give them his name. He continues to prod them for clues but again comes out with nothing, as they each share some of his traits. Filumena rushes in; Domenico, smiling with joy, tells her how wonderful she looks, and the marriage takes place.

Back at home, the sons bid their mother goodnight. As the boys, one after another, say goodnight to their father, Domenico, he smiles broadly at this and says that he will see them tomorrow.

Filumena sits and weeps with joy at this. When Domenico asks why she is crying, she states that it feels wonderful to cry.


  • Sophia Loren as Filumena Marturano
  • Marcello Mastroianni as Domenico Soriano
  • Aldo Puglisi as Alfredo
  • Tecla Scarano as Rosalia
  • Marilù Tolo as Diana
  • Gianni Ridolfi as Umberto
  • Generoso Cortini as Michele
  • Vito Moricone as Riccardo
  • Rita Piccione as Teresina, seamstress
  • Lino Mattera
  • Alfio Vita as pastry chef
  • Alberto Castaldi as (credited as Alberto Gastaldi)
  • Anna Santoro
  • Enza Maggi as Lucia, maid
  • Mara Marilli

Reception and awards

The film was received favourably. The New York Times noted that it was the fourth quality collaboration between director Vittorio De Sica and Sophia Loren, and the second to include Marcello Mastroianni in the mix, with the "warmup" for this movie having been 1963's Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The review described it as a "wonderfully flamboyant" film, and provided some context for the film, noting that Naples (at least in 1964) was "a quite unusual place, where the people are highly individual and may have bizarre relationships."[4]

It was the second-highest-grossing Italian film in Italy for the year, behind A Fistful of Dollars, with a gross of $3,725,000.[1]

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film in 1965,[5] and Best Actress in a Leading Role (for Loren) in 1964.[6] It was also entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Top Italian Film Grossers". Variety. 11 October 1967. p. 33.
  2. ^ "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. 7 January 1976. p. 50.
  3. ^ Balio, Tino (2010). "Variety's All-Time Foreign Language Films to 2000". The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, 1946–1973. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-2992-4793-5.
  4. ^ a b "NY Times: Marriage Italian-Style". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  5. ^ "The 38th Academy Awards (1966) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  6. ^ "The 37th Academy Awards | 1965".
  7. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". Moscow International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2012.

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