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Seduced and Abandoned

1964 1h 58m Comedy List
Reviews 89% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In a small Sicilian town, Peppino (Aldo Puglisi) finds himself in hot water after impregnating his fiancée's teenage sister, Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli). Knowing his family will be shunned if his daughter has a child out of wedlock, the girls' father, Vincenzo (Saro Urzì), insists Peppino marry Agnese and make her an honest woman. But when Peppino refuses on the grounds that she is no longer chaste, Vincenzo is willing to take drastic actions to restore his family's name. Read More Read Less

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Judith Crist New York Herald Tribune Seduced and Abandoned is a hilarious and ferocious film, seething with anger and sparkling with scorn of the hypocrisies -- nay, the crimes -- that are committed in the name of honor and the sanctity of the family and society. Aug 10, 2022 Full Review Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews A buffoonish but bitter social satire that runs to classical depths, Seduced and Abandoned takes no prisoners for society's misogynistic crimes in the name of familial honor. Rated: 4/4 Aug 22, 2006 Full Review Kent Turner Film-Forward.com Germi shares with Billy Wilder a similar cynical tone matched with stellar storytelling. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 22, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 26, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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laurent b Stefania Sandrelli is incredible, in this amazing comedy, a very interesting dive into Sicilia and its folklore, its people, and its traditions, where women have to struggle against men domination. An absolute must see ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a righteously angry...comedy... about Italian law and hypocrisy. A bleak satire that focuses on men's double standard for women, wanting to seduce them (and hoping they will comply) but then rejecting them for marriage because they are no longer virginal. Remember this is the early '60s - a lifetime away from the present and it's Sicily where old fashioned views may have survived longer. Worse, although men could be jailed for seducing an underage girl, if they subsequently married her (a.k.a. shotgun wedding), the charges would be dropped. How the women in question felt about all this, particularly those in the latter situation (raped and then encouraged to marry the rapist), doesn't seem to have been usually factored into the equation. This is the focus of Pietro Germi's film, which finds young Stefania Sandrelli giving in to Aldo Puglisi's advances and then finding herself rejected by him, but pregnant. Her perpetually apoplectic father, played by Saro Urzì, thinks of the family's honour first and foremost, doing his utmost to shift the blame for the predicament onto Puglisi and to cover up any sexual relationship at all (the problem lies in the fact that Puglisi is already engaged to Urzi's other older daughter). In typical comedic fashion, worse turns to worst, as Agnese (Sandrelli) rejects this plan (and another one which sees her brother shooting Puglisi in a staged crime of passion) and instead brings in the police and courts. Everyone is frantic about their family honour and things begin to get over complicated. There are some humorous moments but the feel of the film is generally unsavoury (and not as blackly funny as Divorce, Italian Style, 1961, Germi's earlier hit) - there are few sympathetic characters and even the ridiculous ones (a hapless and poverty-stricken Baron brought in to marry the older sister in lieu of Puglisi) sometimes do questionable things. But the film looks great in crisp black and white, the acting is strong, and the message is on target. Nevertheless, I hope this film is hopelessly dated. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A very good exploration of the themes of honor and family in rural Italy of the 60's. All is mixed up and served with black humor, crazy chaotic situations and a social satire that cuts through the Italian society like a knife through butter. A very well deserved golden for Saro Urzi who's excellent as Vincenzo Ascalone. His character is great in all his pride frenzy and the supporting characters do not disappoint either. This is a fine old comedy that explores it's themes in a good way and won't disappoint you one bit. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member This timeless and hilarious classic moves like a symphony. "Seduced and Abandoned" is a visionary delight with incredible performances and stellar cinematography. Not one dull moment is found throughout this Italian masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Frantic Italian satire. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member terrific satire about the role honor used to play in Sicilian life; if you like this film, be sure to also see "Divorce Italian Style", another great satire on the same subject Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In a small Sicilian town, Peppino (Aldo Puglisi) finds himself in hot water after impregnating his fiancée's teenage sister, Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli). Knowing his family will be shunned if his daughter has a child out of wedlock, the girls' father, Vincenzo (Saro Urzì), insists Peppino marry Agnese and make her an honest woman. But when Peppino refuses on the grounds that she is no longer chaste, Vincenzo is willing to take drastic actions to restore his family's name.
Director
Pietro Germi
Producer
Franco Cristaldi
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Italian
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 2, 2017
Runtime
1h 58m
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