The Birds, the Bees and the Italians2nd December, 2018
Winner of the 1966 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Pietro Germi (Divorce, Italian Style) brilliantly draws on his neorealist influences and blends them with his instincts as a satirist to create
an unexpectedly subtle observation about village life. His comedy of morals draws both on the sketch film genre and the political conscience of the era. Across three episodes in the town of Treviso, the film mercilessly and hilariously skewers the hypocrisy
and extramarital prowling of a group of Venetian sophisticates posing as community pillars. Closing this year’s programme with a classic Commedia all’italiana, this masterpiece has retained its place in the history of Italian cinema.