The new screening of UCL’s Italian Film Club will take place on Thursday 1 December at 6pm in Malet Place 1.02.
This week we will watch Vittorio De Sica’s Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage Italian Style, 1964).
The life of wealthy playboy Domenico Soriano (Marcello Mastroianni) revolves around a careful management of his business and private affairs. His complacency is challenged by Filumena Marturano (Sophia Loren). A former prostitute, she becomes Domenico’s mistress and manages his pastry shop, grateful for her lover’s generosity. The equation of the relationship changes when she catches Domenico flaunting his younger mistress before her. Enraged she tricks Domenico into marrying her and tethers her reluctant husband by revealing that he is the father of at least one of her three children.
Adapted from a play by Eduardo de Filippo, Marriage Italian Style is a satirical examination of the institution of marriage in Italian society. A singular coming together of talents, it features two of Italy’s greatest stars – Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren directed by Vittorio De Sica. Marriage Italian Style falls in the middle-period of De Sica’s career as a director during which the tough realism of films such as The Bicycle Thief achieves a refined elegance and a more lighthearted tone.
Please, note that the film will be in Italian with Italian subtitles only.
Hope to see you there!