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Love & Anarchy: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray] (1973)

Giancarlo Giannini , Lina Polito , Lina Wertmuller  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Lina Polito
  • Directors: Lina Wertmuller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IHH4NY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In pre-World War II Italy, the employees of a popular Roman bordello realize that a new arrival (Academy Award (c) Nominee Giancarlo Giannini, Seven Beauties, Hannibal, Casino Royale) is planning to assassinate Mussolini. When one of the girls (Lina Polito, All Screwed Up) falls in love with the man, she's torn between saving him and saving her country. This is the film that put Italian director Lina Wertmueller (Swept Away) on the map of world cinema. Giannini won a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film - poor DVD September 19, 2004
One of the early Wertmuller films, allready demonstrating all the hallmarks of her style. A brave film, uncompromising in its grotesquerie, and driving home its bleak message as only Wertmuller can. Not as compelling as the later masterpieces, or demonstrating as much of the trademark humour, but still putting most to shame.
The film deserves a full five stars, but Fox Lorber's dvd deserves zero - a very poorly done transfer made from a very poor source. It looks like the sort of thing you could put together at home from an old vhs copy. This powerful film needs a proper dvd transfer.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD Technical Review November 29, 2001
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I have exchanged this DVD twice and find that the quality of the transfer is unacceptable. Fox Lorber simply did a poor job of transferring this film to DVD. I recommend that you NOT purchase this DVD until they do a better job of transferring the movie. The movie deserves better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wertmuller's most stylish film October 4, 2000
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This film, set in a brothel during WWII in fascist Italy, hammers home Wertmuller's common theme that men, ruled by their passions as well as society's views of how men must act (see her film "All Screwed Up" for an even more unambiguous statement of this philosphy), cannot adapt well to change and are often the reasons for their own downfalls. Gianini plays a country peasant who travels to the city to assassinate Mussolini; seemingly devoid of poilitical convictions, the only clue we get to reason behind his mission is his statement, "Sometimes a Man must stand up and say enough!". And it is this statement that is his ultimate downfall.
By contrast, the women in the brothel show themselves to me quite strong, yet capable of adapting to the changes the political situation brings; they can get along with the fascists (allowing them to sample their wares), yet can also strike back or make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their aims (one of the major sacrifices demonstrated is the major character's willingnenss to allow her beloeved to think she betrayed him (and wind up hating her) to save his life. Even the men that get along with the fascists assume the more submissive, traditionally female roles. The real tragedy occurs because Gianini's character refuses to abandon his macho character traits and foolishly goes forward with a suicide mission which is neither well thought out or executed.
Some of Wertmuller's ideas and themes may be a bit dated, remember this was released nearly thirty years ago; but the film provides an entertaining look at a woman's view of a male dominated society in the early days of the womens' liberation movement. The style, pacing, and direction, to sya nothing of the acting talents of Gianini and Melato, contribute to an important film that is well worth viewing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wertmuller's Moral Squint June 25, 2000
{I love the reviews posted after the "professional critics" have had their say. They are invariably more forthright and honest, avoiding all the usual hot air that movie reviewers (Leonard Maltin, take note) engage in when their memory of a particular movie comes up fuzzy.] Wertmuller's Love and Anarchy seems to foreshadow her one other film set in Mussolini's Italy (forgetting Blood Feud completely - despite Loren and Mastroianni [and Giannini] in their post-prime). I am referring to, of course, Seven Beauties. But Love & Anarchy features a hero who, while foolish and spotty-faced, is committed to a actual "cause" - i.e., the anarchist-sanctioned assassination of Mussolini. His final days are reckless and muddled, as he falls in love with his cousin in a Roman brothel (too many critics took this as symbolism). Mariangela Melato is yet another hooker with a heart of gold-plate, but she makes her character completely genuine. Giannini plays the hero, whose pathetic quest is made all the more pathetic by his distracting red hair and acne. Wertmuller portrays his last days as an ultimate waste. His mission fails (of course) and he is tortured and killed by Mussolini's thugs. And yet somehow his exploit, despite Wertmuller's rather burlesque view of it, comes off as heroic - else why make a film about such as schlemiel? Wertmuller satirizes the Left as well as the Right, leaving us to believe that her sympathies are with the very anarchists she satirizes in Love & Anarchy. And I have never seen an Italian film with this much "brio" since Pietro Germi.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Revolution Begins With You October 12, 2005
A film about love, and, er, anarchy. Funny, horrifying, moving, passionate, committed, acid, cynical...Magnificently acted, with a beautiful music score. A love story, a peasant and a whore. The tyranny of fascism and the desperation of the poor. At once a romance, a comedy and a study of political injustice. This is a mix found in many of Wertmuller's films. The result is confusion, an evocation of feeling that insidiously questions itself as you watch.

And it's accurate. Whores did fall in love in the Italy of the 1930s, and soldiers did beat dissidents to death, and human beings haven't changed at all in the meantime. As a species we have a horrifying, lovable capacity to love and be cruel at the same time. Lina Wertmuller has caught this in her film with devastating results. La Tripolena believes that love is more important than justice or freedom. And if we are capable of loving while we carry out our fight for freedom and justice we are enlightened indeed. But emotions are powerful; feeling, we often lose our sense of perspective. The results are unforgettably shown in this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAR FILM
Lina Wertmuller is brilliant, so are all her films. This happens to be one of the best. Giancarlo AMND monica Vitti. Who could ask for anything more.
Published 4 months ago by KATHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Bees Do It. Fleas Do It Even italians in Mov-ies Do It. Let's Fall In...
Another wild, anarchic Italian flick by this great duo of Italian actors. Watch it. You'll be swept away. Free Love.
Published 5 months ago by Michael Welikson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Edgy Film
Lina Wertmueller is an unusual film maker. We don't often get the chance to view her work. The premise of the film is quite European - an anarchist sent to murder Mussolini seeks... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MsJazz
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been great
The acting from most actors was great, it really made me feel what they felt.
Being Italian and understanding Italian, the dialects spoken were to say the least, very hard to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John V. Cellini
5.0 out of 5 stars Love an Anarchy
Even if there was no dialogue, watching Giannini's eyes you get the whole story.
Politics as viewed by the underdog, who knows what regardless of how loud his protests are,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Spyros Spentzas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie.
Maybe the best of Lina Wertmüller' movies with a great Angela Melato and Giancarlo Giannini. A story of love and anarchy in greatest Italian period of the 900si
Published 11 months ago by Franco Pala
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Fantastic movie- Giannini is a gem! Both funny and tragic. Wertmuller is a great director who puts an interesting spin on historical films.
Published 13 months ago by Wildstrawberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva Anarchy!
Powerful and Brutal!!! There is no place for love in a fascist regime. Love exists on the fringes of society ~ the countryside or the microcosm of a brothel. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by Stefania Casi (The Cultural Sojourner)
I have. I often wonder about it though at my age I've resigned myself to the probability that I will never know in any significant way. Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by Josef Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended - but don't buy the dvd
This is a magnificent movie . What a pity Fox Lorber has done such an extremely incompetent transfer to DVD . This film , most certainly deserves better .
Published on June 6, 2008 by Joe A. Francis
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