sometimes there's nothing to watch. photo by william gedney
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
by way of illustration
review: Pietro Germi's maliciously funny examination (1964) of the marriage rites of Sicily, done up in a crowded, cartoonish style that suggests the work of Preston Sturges. The wit may be closer to Evelyn Waugh--the jokes are cruel and corrosive, and why not when the subject is sexual hypocrisy? Stefania Sandrelli, as the girl in desperate need of a husband, maintains a beatific calm in the midst of the manic goings-on.
"It's a man's right to ask, a woman's duty to refuse!" i ain't gonna comment on that one.