Italian screen god Marcello Mastroianni was at the height of his considerable appeal when he made Divorce Italian Style, director Pietro Germi’s fast, deeply wicked farce about marriage, deceit, infidelity and the complex (that is, Roman Catholic) honor code of each. In the movie, Mastroianni is an unhappy husband. Thunderstruck by his 16-year-old cousin and, by law, unable to secure a divorce, he plots to kill his wife. But first, he must find a man to discover her with, in flagrante. Try not to stare at Stefania Sandrelli, who was only 14 when she played the cousin at the root of all this mayhem. The subtitled 1961 classic, in a new 35 mm print, screens nightly through November 13 at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 913-383-7756). See tivolikc.com for tonight’s show time.
Tue., Nov. 11, 2008