The Magnificent Cuckold

(Il magnifico cornuto)


Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Bernard Blier, Gian Maria Volontè,

Claudia Cardinale lends a becalmed radiance to the usually overheated commedia all’italiana in this giddy tale of a middle-aged businessman (Ugo Tognazzi) who’ll stop at nothing to prove his young wife is cheating on him, even though he’s the one who’s been unfaithful. There’s no impoverished peasants, nineteenth-century landowners, or war-ravaged citizens here; The Magnificent Cuckold inhabits a very modern world of architects and business folks, cocktail parties and hair salons, all set to some suitably bouncy vibraphone jazz and rock and roll. Male vanity, however, remains eternal, as does Cardinale’s charm and sensuality, perfectly costumed in the height of 1960s Italian fashion.

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  • Diego Fabbri
  • Ruggero Maccari
  • Ettore Scola
  • Stefano Strucchi
Based On
  • a 1921 farce by Fernand Crommelynck

  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 124 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Mediaset Productions