Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style). 1961. Italy. Directed by Pietro Germi. Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Germi, Alfredo Giannetti. With Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli, Daniele Rocca. In Italian; English subtitles. 105 min.
Baron Ferdinando Cefalù has fallen in love with his cousin, but in a country where divorce is not permitted, how does he disentangle himself from his wife? The Baron’s homely wife, Rosalia, is sexually insatiable and he can no longer endure her conjugal demands. He has two ways out: catch Rosalia with another man or murder her. (Divorce finally became legal in Italy on December 1, 1970.)