Director: Vittorio De Sica
Comedy, Drama, Romance, 1964
Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966, and Sophia Loren for Best Actress in 1965
One-time screening: Sunday, Feb. 14th 7:00 PM at St. Anthony Main Theatre
Domenico, a successful businessman meets a naive country girl, Filumena, in a Neapolitan brothel, and continues to frequent her for years in an on-off relationship. He eventually takes her in his house as a semi-official mistress under the pretense that she take care of his ailing, senile mother. After having fallen for a younger girl and having planned to marry her, he finds himself cornered when Filumena feigns illness and "on her deathbed", asks to be married to him. Thinking she'll be dead in a matter of hours and that the 'marriage' won't even be registered, he agrees. But the shrewd and resourceful Filumena has other plans for her philandering husband….