Il marito

Il marito (literally The Husband) is a 1957 Italian-Spanish comedy film directed by Nanni Loy and Gianni Puccini, at their second and last collaboration after Parola di ladro. Alberto Sordi, who was author of the story together with Rodolfo Sonego, submitted the script to Angelo Rizzoli, that was not at all enthusiastic about the subject. Later, he met a Spanish producer, married with eleven children, who recognized himself in the story, so the film, which was initially set in uptown Rome, was shot in Madrid.[1] In Spain the film was released with the title El Marido.[2]

Il marito
(The Husband)
Directed byNanni Loy
Gianni Puccini
Produced byFelice Zappulla
Written byAlberto Sordi, Rodolfo Sonego, Ettore Scola, Nanni Loy, Gianni Puccini, Ruggero Maccari
StarringAlberto Sordi, Luigi Tosi
Music byCarlo Innocenzi
CinematographyRoberto Gerardi
Release date
Running time
100 min


Alberto has an unbearable wife who treats him like a nerd and that forces him to satisfy every whim of her. But Alberto decides to get respect and to prove his masculinity, initially destroying the cello's wife, the oject that she loved, and after betraying her with a young woman. When the wife deliberately shatters an important deal with a rich and Alberto old widow, her husband is about to kill her in despair, but he is resoundingly beaten by his wife and sent to the hospital. At the end of the story Alberto remains meek as a child and his wife will decide his every move in the future.



The small entrepreneur Alberto Mariani (Alberto Sordi) marries graduated cellist Elena Bonfanti (Aurora Bautista) and his life begins to change... for the worse. Elena is indeed a woman of many virtues with a big flaw: wanting at home the constant presence of an intrusive mother and an intrusive sister. Soon, married life reveals to be a prison for Alberto, among many waivers, loans, bills, late payments and missed contracts.


  1. Alberto Sordi, Maria Antonietta Schiavina. Storia di un commediante: racconti, aneddoti e confessioni. Zelig, 1999. ISBN 8886471734.
  2. Augusto M. Torres. Diccionario Espasa cine español. Espasa-Calpe, 1999. ISBN 8423994511.

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