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The Law -- Illicit passions pervade an Italian town, where men gather nightly for the cynical "game of the law.


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11 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gina Lollobrigida ... Marietta

Pierre Brasseur ... Don Cesare

Marcello Mastroianni ... Enrico Tosso - l'agronomo

Melina Mercouri ... Donna Lucrezia

Yves Montand ... Matteo Brigante
Raf Mattioli ... Francesco Brigante
Vittorio Caprioli ... Attilio - il commissario
Lidia Alfonsi ... Giuseppina
Gianrico Tedeschi ... Primo disoccupato
Nino Vingelli ... Pizzaccio
Bruno Carotenuto ... Balbo
Luisa Rivelli ... Elvira
Anna Maria Bottini ... Maria
Anna Arena ... Anna - la moglie d'Attilio
Edda Soligo ... Giulia
Herbert Knippenberg ... Lo svizzero
Franco Pesce
Joe Dassin ... Secondo disoccupato (as Joseph Dassin)
Sonia Barbieri ... La moglie del svizzero
Marcello Giorda ... Il parroco
Teddy Bilis ... Il giudice Alessandro
Paolo Stoppa ... Tonio

Directed by
Jules Dassin 
Writing credits
Roger Vailland (novel "La Loi")

Jules Dassin (writer)

Françoise Giroud (dialogue)

Diego Fabbri  uncredited

Produced by
Jacques Bar .... producer
Maleno Malenotti .... producer
Original Music by
Roman Vlad 
Cinematography by
Otello Martelli 
Film Editing by
Roger Dwyre 
Mario Serandrei 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
Art Direction by
Robert Giordani 
Set Decoration by
Jacques D'Ovidio  (as J. d'Ovidio)
Pasquale Romano  (as P. Romano)
Production Management
Baccio Bandini .... production manager
Louis Manella .... unit manager
Antonio Negri .... unit manager
Luciano Perugia .... production manager
Walter Rupp .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Deray .... assistant director
Nino Zanchin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean Bareille .... sound recordist: US version
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as William S. Sivel)
Arthur Van der Meeren .... sound recordist: US version
Giovanni Rossi .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Castagnier .... assistant camera
Osvaldo Civirani .... still photographer
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer
Jacques De St. Girons .... assistant camera
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Enrico Fontana .... assistant camera
Arturo Zavattini .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Daniele Grimberg .... editor: US version
Music Department
Marc Lanjean .... musical director
Other crew
Simone Chotel .... production secretary
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script girl
Gilles Villiers .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"La legge" - Italy (original title)
"Where the Hot Wind Blows!" - USA
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126 min | Spain:115 min | USA:114 min | Argentina:121 min | UK:114 min | West Germany:105 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Spain:13 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Both Carol Baker and Scilla Gabel had been contacted to play Marietta's part.See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Feudal Society, 3 July 2008
Author: esteban hernandez from Italy

The director Jules Dassin was able to draw well the reality of a small village in Southern Italy, where the existing rules were applied with a double standard. The priest was very much concerned with the attitude of Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida), but not with other situations affecting the town. The game called "la legge" (the law) was not an entertainment instead it was a weapon of intimidation. It appears to be as the behavior of strong animals showing their powers over weak ones. This is an old film, which could be useful to be shown in Italy again. Dassin was able to show various details and characters of the life in the village: the patriarch (Pierre Brasseur), the "pidgeon" (Yves Montand), the man of well-doing (Mastroianni), plus the lady of the family or la Donna(Melina Mercouri) and Marietta, likely to be a kind of spoiled Cinderella. All these ingredients put coherently in an interesting plot made the film attractive to be seen and not only once.

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