Lady Liberty (film)

Lady Liberty
Directed by Mario Monicelli
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Leonard Melfi
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Don Carlos Dunaway
Ring Lardner, Jr. (uncredited)
Starring Sophia Loren
William Devane
Gigi Proietti
Susan Sarandon
Danny DeVito
Music by Ron-Lucio Dalla
Cinematography Alfio Contini
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates

December 23, 1971 (Italy)

June 7, 1972 (USA)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

Lady Liberty (Italian: La mortadella) is a 1971 Italian-French comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli and starring Sophia Loren, William Devane, Gigi Proietti, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito and Edward Herrmann in his film debut.[1]

Plot summary

Maddalena Ciarrapico arrives in New York City from Italy to get married and bringing with her a gift of mortadella (large Italian pork sausage) from her co-workers from the sausage factory where she used to work, for her fiancé. But she is refused permission to bring the mortadella into the country because of the ban on meat that may contain food-borne diseases.[2] An indignant Maddalena refuses to hand the sausage over, staying in the customs office at the airport, sparking a diplomatic incident in which she attracts widespread sympathy and support.



The New York Times was scathing of the film, observing "Probably no other woman has so triumphantly survived as many rotten movies in such a short space of time as Sophia Loren". Although "the farcical premise is promising" it was "a comedy that manages to be both too serious and not serious enough and that, at no point matches the level of the humor and intelligence of its principal performance". It also questioned "the grindingly bleak New York settings in which so much of the film is set."[3]


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