Seduced And Abandoned (Sedotta e Abbandonata)


(out of 5)

Absolutely hysterical follow-up to Divorce Italian Style, with Pietro Germi once again lampooning Italian society through the genre of sex comedy. A Sicilian family is rocked to the core when gorgeous daughter  is left pregnant by her sister’s boyfriend, meaning that the already tempestuous patriarch of their venerable clan (, deservedly taking a Best Actor prize at Cannes that year) is going to blow his lid dealing with it. He locks her up and threatens the life of her lover, but things get complicated when the young man suddenly decides he doesn’t want damaged goods (even though he damaged them), while she risks her reputation and name by taking it to the courts, prompting Urzi to convince his mild-mannered son to kill his sister’s seducer. Lots of slaps, lots of village gossip and plenty of pasta in a film directed with rich vigour and brimming over with as many laughs as issues, with characters who are both at the mercy of and in completely responsible for the ages-old social problems they face.

Italy/France, 1964

Directed by

Story by Pietro Germi, , Screenplay by , , Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals: Cannes 1964

The Criterion Collection

Cast Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,, ,,,

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Best Actor (Saro Urzi) (tie)



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