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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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  (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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
It aged very badly, 16 August 2011
Author: Writer_Mario_Biondi from Milano, Italy

This could have been a great movie, but it is almost unbelievable the way in which Dassin looked at Southern (I repeat: SOUTHERN) Italy in the Fifties of 1900. I was a boy, I did not live there, but in that South I spent my holidays. The best holidays I ever had, due surely to my (then) splendid age and to my (then) splendid country.

A young woman dressed like Gina Lollobrigida could never be seen in those years walking the streets of a southern Italian village.

The magnificent place where the movie was partly made is Peschici (Gargano, Puglia). The name Manacore, in fact, was later used for a very elegant and costly touristic place. I spent several holidays there in the Sixties, and (let alone the Fifties!) never saw a woman dressed that way. And, as far as I remember, they did not go to the beach albeit wearing a diving apparatus (complete of snorkel).

And the music in the local festivals (dedicated to saints, with parades, priests, candles and so on) was very different, almost always neapolitan.

Mrs Mercouri and Ives Montand are surely not at their best (to be kind), but we really re- discover a woman which was at most considered a pin-up, and on the contrary was really a great actress: Gina Lollobrigida.

Brasseur is OK, very human and credible. Marcello Mastroianni as usual shows how one can be a great actor with the minimum of mannerisms (or not at all).

A movie which unfortunately aged very badly.

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