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Seduced and Abandoned (Criterion Collection) (1964)

Cast: Stefania Sandrelli, Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzi, more...
Director: Pietro Germi, Pietro Germi
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Italy, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Mistakenly labeled as a neorealist drama in some sources, Seduced and Abandoned is actually a slyly constructed Italian domestic comedy (could anyone have really taken that florid title seriously?) Aldo Puglisi plays a "love 'em and leave 'em" type who impregnates the teen-aged sister (Stefania Sandrelli) of his own fiancee (Paola Biggio). Saro Urzi, the girls' infuriated father, insists that Puglisi break off with the older girl to marry the younger. The police get into the act, threatening to arrests Puglisi for corrupting the morals of a minor. Through some quick thinking on his part, Puglisi manages to get the younger girl to indignantly refuse his hand in marriage. The family is torn asunder by this incident, with darkly comic results. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Says: Seduced and Abandoned (Criterion) (1964; $22.46). "Pietro Germi creates an incisive and wickedly irreverent satire on manners, duty, honor, and socially cultivated machismo," noted Strictly Film School. And Dave Kehr: "Maliciously funny examination of the marriage rites of Sicily, done up in a crowded, cartoonish style that suggests the work of Preston Sturges."




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Coming Soon from Criterion: Pietro Germi's Seduced and Abandoned and Francesco Rosi's Hands Over the City
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