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The Law (La loi) (Version française)

Gina Lollobrigida , Pierre Brasseur , Jules Dassin    Unrated   DVD
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THE LAW (previously released in the US as Where the Hot Wind Blows) stars Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, Melina Mercouri, and Pierre Brasseur. Lollobrigida plays Marietta, the gorgeous housekeeper to Don Cesare (Brasseur), the patriarch of a small Mediterranean coastal town. Lusted after by many men, including Francesco (Montand), the son of a local crime boss, Marietta has her own desires, consisting of the poor Enrico (Mastroianni). Determined to secure the dowry that will enable her to marry Enrico, Marietta connives the men of the town by turning the tables on them using their own vicious drinking game which they call "The Law." Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive called the film "a totally underrated and underappreciated gem."

Les pigeons et les vagabonds remplissent la place de la ville de Porto Manacore, le pauvre village de pêcheurs italiens perché au-dessus de l'Adriatique où la passion et la puissance sont aussi corrompues. Surplombant l'immoralité du haut de son appartement baroque vit le riche patriarche de la ville Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur, anticipant le Vito Corleone de Marlon Brando). Convoitée par les hommes de la ville sa superbe gouvernante, Mariette (Lollobrigida), vit sous le joug du Don comme d'autres femmes. Lorsque le beau mais pauvre ingénieur Milanais Enrico Tosso (Mastroianni) arrive en ville, Mariette concocte un projet audacieux pour l'épouser. Mais le diabolique Matteo Brigante (Montand), brute locale et admirateur de Mariette, tente d'empêcher Enrico grâce a son arme de choix : "La Loi"", un jeu à boire vicieux sur fonds d'humiliations."

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange fish of a movie Aug. 17 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
What a wonderful cast of actors (good grief: even the son of the director, Joe Dassin , later known as a very popular singer in France, has a small part..)and what strange going-ons in this plot involving the games of power in a (otherwise lovely and peaceful) Italian fisherman's village. It is corny at time , gripping at others,with beautiful camera shots and a never flagging smoldering action, as the heat builds on in the village as well as on the screen.But why did AMAZON list this movie as being Italian spoken, when the version I received is actually in French?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gina Lollobrigida Rules!! Dec 5 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Gina Lollobrigida rules in this movie about life and love in a small italian fishing village.It's a must see classic!!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange fish of a movie Aug. 17 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What a wonderful cast of actors (good grief: even the son of the director, Joe Dassin , later known as a very popular singer in France, has a small part..)and what strange going-ons in this plot involving the games of power in a (otherwise lovely and peaceful) Italian fisherman's village. It is corny at time , gripping at others,with beautiful camera shots and a never flagging smoldering action, as the heat builds on in the village as well as on the screen.But why did AMAZON list this movie as being Italian spoken, when the version I received is actually in French?
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lollobrigida in top form Jan. 16 2007
By R. de Aquino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
THE LAW/WHERE THE HOT WIND BLOWS shows Gina Lollobrigida at 31, in top form both as a beautiful woman and as an actress. God, how gorgeous she was, and how hot, sensual, desirable is her Marietta! No wonder every man in town lusts after her! The whole cast is wonderful: Mastroianni, Mercouri, Montand, Stoppa and the great Pierre Brasseur. Jules Dassin's direction does justice to the Vailland novel, for the most part. It is urgent to restore this film and release it in DVD format with extras, including a competent critical commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Law June 21 2010
By R Zern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed watching The Law. The storyline was great, and I loved the occasional tidbits that were so unexpectedly hilarious. The theme about who was really considered "the law" and the person with all the power was extremely entertaining. Gina Lollabrigida (Marietta) was fantastic! I loved her character's attitude. She knew what she wanted, and she knew how to get what she wanted. The many different plots and characters were all very enjoyable and interesting. And in the end, it is very clear who the person is that has all the power in the city.

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?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles didn't have enough contrast to be easily readible April 14 2014
By Captain Seaweed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We watch foreign movies all the time with subtitles so it's normally no big deal to us. I knew this movie had subtitles, when I ordered it. But this movie was different. The subtitles were done in white lettering, fairly small font and the movie is in black and white. It was absolutely frustrating trying to focus on the white lettering in scenes with a very light or white background because of the lack of contrast. In some scenes portions of the subtitles were almost invisible to us. As a result we were missing much of the dialogue and only watched about half the movie before hitting the eject button.

Perhaps someday they'll redo the subtitles so we can watch it in its entirety.
3.0 out of 5 stars Tooth and claw. May 15 2014
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
La Legge (The Law) (Jules Dassin, 1960)

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.) While it's mostly set decoration here—one assumes it plays more prominence in the book, which I haven't read—it certainly sets the proper tone for this noirish romance. I mean, look back at that synopsis and see if you can count the number of things that could possibly go wrong here. (Or just say “all of them” and you're in the right ballpark.) Ultimately, that's the problem with The Law; Dassin sets the scene and then does everything with it as predictably as he can. The comparison in the first paragraph to Peyton Place, the movie version of which was released three years previous to this, is not casual. Still, it's a soap-opera good time with a lot of very pretty people doing very unpretty things, and it was made during the golden age of cinema by one of said golden age's favorite sons, so what have you got to lose? ** 
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