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Pigeons and vagabonds populate the town square of Porto Manacore, the seedy Italian fishing village perched above the Adriatic where passion and power are equally corrupt. Overlooking the immoral hoi polloi from his baroque apartment on high is the town's wealthy patriarch Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur, anticipating Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone). Lusted after by the men of the town is his gorgeous housekeeper, Mariette (Gina Lollobrigida), the resident whipping girl to the Don's other female caretakers. When the handsome yet broke Milanese engineer Enrico Tosso (Marcello Mastroianni) comes to town, Mariette concocts a daring scheme to marry him. But the devilish Matteo Brigante (Yves Montand), local brute and admirer of Mariette, connives to shut Enrico out by using "The Law," a vicious drinking game and humiliating power play, as his weapon of choice. Piquing censors at the time of its initial release, Dassin's film is a sexy, lurid, occasionally campy romp amongst the lowly and the exalted, the suave and the callow, and the otherwise contradictory inhabitants of the gorgeously photographed Mediterranean.
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 20 months ago 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