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The Law (1959) More at IMDbPro »La legge (original title)

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The Law -- Pigeons and vagabonds populate the town square of Porto Manacore, a corrupt Italian fishing village perched above the Adriatic. Mariette, the gorgeous housekeeper to the town's wealthy patriarch, concocts a daring scheme to marry handsome Enrico Tosso. But the devilish Matteo, an admirer of Mariette, tries to shut out Enrico, by playing him in the town's vicious drinking game, "The Law".
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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Sex, Infidelities, Gossips, Power and The Law See more (7 total) »


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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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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Sex, Infidelities, Gossips, Power and The Law, 10 June 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Italian fishing village of Porto Manacore, the men gather in the local tavern in the night to play a game called "The Law", where one of them is selected as "The Boss" after an allotment and the others are humiliated by him. The real boss of the town is the powerful aristocrat Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur), an old man in his last days but still in the command. The young and sexy small time crook Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida) is the servant of Don Cesare and sexually disputed by the hoodlum Matteo Brigante (Yves Montand), by her brother-in-law Tonio (Paolo Stoppa) and by the engineer Enrico Tosso (Marcello Mastroianni). Marietta wants to marry Enrico, but she is too poor and does not have a dowry. The local Inspector Attilio (Vittorio Caprioli) is an unfaithful husband and the naughty Giuseppina (Lidia Alfonsi) is his mistress. Donna Lucrezia (Melina Mercouri) is the judge's wife that has a crush on the lawyer student and Matteo's son Francesco (Raf Mattioli). When Marietta steals a large amount of a Swiss tourist, she sees the chance to marry Enrico, but the police are investigating the case.

"La Legge" is a minor movie that recalls a soap-opera of the great director Jules Dassin but it is still enjoyable and entertaining. The story takes place in a small fishing village in the South of Italy, where nothing happens but sex, infidelities and gossips. The real power is in the hands of an old aristocrat, and the dwellers dispute a despicable game of power where most of the participants are humiliated as a sort of compensation. Gina Lollobrigida is extremely sexy, her beauty is amazing and there are many erotic scenes considering that it is a movie released in 1959. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Lei dos Crápulas" ("The Law of the Debaucheries")

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