The Law (La loi)
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I absolutely loved the movie and was highly entertained! I'm so glad that it's finally being distributed for a wide release in the US! There's love, sex, power, drama, and death! with the occasional hilarity and musical number. What more could you ask for in a movie?
Perhaps someday they'll redo the subtitles so we can watch it in its entirety.
Jules Dassin made a number of films which are now considered among the best ever shot—Rififi, Never on Sunday, Topkapi, etc. The Law is not one of them—it's more low-rent soap opera/rural Peyton Place ripoff than it is classic cinema—but it's stupidly enjoyable and contains Gina Lollobrigida wearing a number of tight outfits. Put those two things together and is it worth killing an hour and a half with? Of course it is.
Lollobrigida plays Marietta, a small-time thief (it is never stated, but implied once or twice, she's also a hooker) in a small, impoverished seaside town in Italy. Half the town is in love with her, including her boss Don Cesare (Children of Paradise's Pierre Brasseur), a bedridden old lech who's actually the power behind the town, and the local crime boss (The Wages of Fear's Yves Montand) AND his brother (Violent Summer's Raf Mattioli), the public faces of the power behind the town, but Marietta only has eyes for Enrico (La Dolce Vita's Marcello Mastroianni). Problem is that Enrico is too poor to get married and Marietta is too poor to have a dowry. So she decides to use her skills to rectify that situation...
The name of the film comes from a drinking game the town's men play every night, something so bleak and hope-crushing that it may as well have come out of a Béla Tarr movie. The men gather at the local tavern to play The Law. They draw lots; the winner is selected as boss, and may treat the others as his lackeys for the rest of the night. (One must be careful not to go overboard, for the chances you won't be in the box the next night are pretty slim.Read more ›
Endlessly interesting film. Haven't listened to the commentary yet, but I look forward to that with great interest.
Well produced product!
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Upon viewing The LAW I must say that the film is a masterpiece from the point of view of someone who enjoys Foreign Films. The storyline is flowing and the acting is good. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Born in Canada ...Made in Greece
THE ACTORS ARE SPEAKING ANOTHER LANGUAGE SO YOU HAVE TO READ THE SUB-TITLES. IT'S DIFFICULT TO ENJOY THE MOVIE BECAUSE YOU SPEND ALL OF YOUR TIME READING AND NOT ENJOYING THE... Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Rosalind Anderson
Lots of great stars in it. Interesting and original story. a good depiction of traditions in italian floklore... good acting.Published on March 14, 2013 by Troubadour
Take this film as an intriguing view of country town life during the 50's in Italy, rather than an adaptation of the Roger Vailland novel. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by ian
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