Seduced and Abandoned

Seduced and Abandoned (Italian: Sedotta e abbandonata) is a 1964 Italian film directed by Pietro Germi. It was entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Seduced and Abandoned
Directed byPietro Germi
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
Luigi Giacosi
Written byPietro Germi
Agenore Incrocci
Furio Scarpelli
Luciano Vincenzoni
StarringStefania Sandrelli
Saro Urzì
Aldo Puglisi
Lando Buzzanca
Lola Braccini
CinematographyAiace Parolin
Distributed byContinental Distributing Inc.
Running time
115 minutes


The film presents the tale of Agnese Ascalone, daughter of prominent quarry owner Vincenzo Ascalone, and takes place in a small town in Sicily (specifically Sciacca), as did Germi's previous film, Divorce, Italian Style. Agnese is seduced by her sister Matilde's fiancé, and has a tryst with him for which she confesses and tries to repent, only to be discovered by her mother and father. Vincenzo immediately demands that the man, Peppino Califano, marry his daughter, and antics ensue. The film is a dark satire of Sicilian social customs and honor laws, and is very similar to Divorce, Italian Style.


  • Stefania Sandrelli - Agnese Ascalone
  • Saro Urzì - Don Vincenzo Ascalone
  • Aldo Puglisi - Peppino Califano
  • Lando Buzzanca - Antonio Ascalone
  • Lola Braccini - Amalia Califano
  • Leopoldo Trieste - Baron Rizieri Zappalà
  • Umberto Spadaro - Cousin Ascalone, a lawyer
  • Paola Biggio - Matilde Ascalone
  • Rocco D'Assunta - Orlando Califano
  • Oreste Palella - Police Chief Polenza
  • Lina Lagalla - Francesca Ascalone
  • Gustavo D'Arpe - Ciarpetta the Lawyer
  • Rosetta Urzì - Consolata the Maid
  • Roberta Narbonne - Rosaura Ascalone
  • Vincenzo Licata - Pasquale Profumo the Undertaker
  • Attilio Martella - The Magistrate Judge
  • Adelino Campardo - Police Officer Bisigato
  • Salvatore Fazio - Don Mariano the Priest
  • Italia Spadaro - Aunt Carmela


These Sicilian customs, including a form of bride kidnapping or elopement known as fuitina and the following "rehabilitating marriage" (matrimonio riparatore), were brought to national attention in 1966 by the case of Franca Viola. Her story was turned into the 1970 film, La moglie più bella (The Most Beautiful Wife) by Damiano Damiani and starring Ornella Muti.[2]

See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Seduced and Abandoned". Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  2. "Franca Viola" by Deirdre Pirro in The Florentine (issue no. 78/2008 / April 30, 2008)

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