Love & Anarchy: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.
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.
"Love & Anarchy" is a brilliant study of turmoil and human testing in the face of insurmountable odds. It begs the question--is it better to bow and live, or stand up and die? How much can a people be crushed before someone makes a sacrifice for the betterment of society? Whose responsibility is it? And on a grander scale, is it better to live happily, contented by love or family, and leave the world untouched, or to attempt real change by sacrificing everything in exchange for it? "Love & Anarchy" poses all these questions, but it offers no easy answers.Read more ›
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Watched this after three mind-numbing hours of Chantel Ackerman's "Jeanne Dielmann." Wonderful and much more of a true feminist take on how women survive in a patriarchy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Billwilliam
Wertmuller's masterpiece, and Giancarolo Giannini was never more affecting. A must see.Published 3 months ago by P. Muncie
I see this movie a little differently than some of the other reviewers here. We don't get much of a look at the behind the scenes 'anarchists'--presumably Communists--pulling... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ron Braithwaite
I'm so excited to see Lina Wertmuller films here. I will likely watch all of them. I had heard of this film, but never saw it. Brilliant. A tour de force. Read morePublished 5 months ago by VL Towler
Beautifully handled satire with a huge wink to Voltaire...until the grossly poorly written ending. Alas, Guido Brunetti would wince, wink and quietly saunter home to Paola... Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. Matthew Victor
The streaming engine of Amazon much weaker that of the Netflix! I don't like the sound and the picture interruptions. The movie is fantastic! *****Published 6 months ago by Elisa
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