Down 9,552 this week

Love and Anarchy (1973)
"Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...'" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 962 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 17 critic

When a friend is murdered by the Facists, a melancholy farmer takes up residence in a Roman brothel as he and an anarchist prostitute plot to assassinate Mussolini.


0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 14 Jun 2013
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 07 Nov 2013
a list of 32 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 23 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 30 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Love and Anarchy (1973)

Love and Anarchy (1973) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Love and Anarchy.

User Polls

5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blood Feud (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In pre-World War II Sicily, just as the fascists come to power, two men fall in love with the same woman. The changes in their country's politics ultimately take all three on a journey across the ocean to New York.

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Giancarlo Giannini
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Mariangela Melato, Michele Placido, Roberto Herlitzka
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of in the Mafia's one believing that the suffrage is secret. After the elections, he loses... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro
Lulu the Tool (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volonté, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Alberto Lionello
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A three-way love affair in the Rome of the early seventies. Construction worker Oreste and young fiancee Adelaide meet Nello, cook in a pizzeria. This love triangle often go to communist ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Giannini
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near Naples. The first day of work he finds in the school only the school-caretaker and few girls and ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Isa Danieli, Gigio Morra
The Nymph (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In the World War II, in a small Italian village, Nunziata is an easy woman married with the cuckold tailor Gioacchino. Her teenage daughter Miluzza teases men with her clothes and gets men ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Raoul Bova, Lucia Cara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Dopo le elezioni del 1994 Tunin, di Rifondazione Comunista e con l'hobby delle auto d'epoca, si incontra o meglio si scontra durante una manifestazione con la leghista Rossella e nonostante... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Tullio Solenghi, Gene Gnocchi, Veronica Pivetti
I basilischi (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The neorealistic story follows the uneventful lives of Francesco, Sergio and Antonio, three young men, who live in a small, poverty-stricken village. Since all three are unemployed they ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Antonio Petruzzi, Stefano Satta Flores, Sergio Ferranino
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Rita, a vivacious co-ed flees her boarding school with her music teacher, who is also engaged to her. She wants to take part in a singing contest but her father who is dead against it has ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Rita Pavone, Giancarlo Giannini, Giulietta Masina
Director: Italo Zingarelli
Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Giancarlo Giannini, Jean-Marc Bory


Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Soffiantini 'Tunin'
Eros Pagni ...
Giacinto Spatoletti
Pina Cei ...
Madame Aïda
Elena Fiore ...
Donna Carmela
Giuliana Calandra
Isa Bellini
Isa Danieli ...
Enrica Bonaccorti ...
Anita Branzanti ...
Maria Sciacca ...
Anna Melato ...
Gea Linchi ...
Anna Stivala ...


Italy in the 30s. Tonino, a sad faced, freckled peasant, comes to Rome to kill Mussolini. He has anarchist connections, and his contact in Rome is Salome, a lively flapper and popular professional at the bordello where she lives. She introduces him as her cousin, giving him access to the brothel, and she helps him prepare for the assassination, scheduled a few days after his arrival. Within a day, he has fallen in love with Tripolina, one of the younger prostitutes. Tonino does the madam a favor, and, in exchange, Tripolina gets two days off to spend with him. How will this love affair, Salome's political will, and the assassination plans play out? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 February 1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Film d'amore e d'anarchia  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Salome: In my opinion, I can't stand these people that are so intelligent yet create such a shitty world.
See more »


References The Sheik (1921) See more »


Canzone arrabbiata
Written by Nino Rota and Lina Wertmüller
Performed by Anna Melato
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Multiple Viewings Recommended
1 April 2006 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Rather than contend for film with the longest title, "Film of Love and Anarchy (or At Ten o'clock This Morning in Via dei Fiori in the Infamous House of Prostitution)" is better known by the more manageable "Love and Anarchy". This 1973 Lina Wertmüller thriller is a hard first watch because there is no suspense to grab the viewer and hook them into the story. I was only able to handle about 30 minutes at a time, not because it was unpleasant but because I was too uninvolved in the story to ignore distractions and interruptions. But while it withholds most of its appeal from the initial viewing, it yields something new each time it is viewed.

"Love and Anarchy" is more an expressionistic opera than a realistic thriller. Imagine "Cabaret" starring Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" and you will have a good idea of its style.

It's main theme sneaks up and surprises you. U.S. viewers, dimly aware of the great depression and World War Two, suffer a complete cultural disconnect regarding the continuing legacy of fascism in Italy and Germany. Meaning that anti-fascist political messages are embedded in almost all post-war Italian cinema. But Wertmüller's "Love and Anarchy" has the broader theme of anti-extremism, taking shots at those who make major sacrifices out of perverted idealism and a lack historical perspective.

The film begins with its main character Tonino (Giancarlo Giannini) at a turning point in his life, the execution of an older relative for political subversion. After viewing the body on display in what would otherwise by an idyllic rural setting, Torino is inspired to take over what he perceives as his relative's mission, the assassination of Benito Mussolini.

Tonino goes to Rome and links up with his anarchist contact, a highly sought after call girl named Salomè (another Wertmuller regular Mariangela Melato), her brothel is popular with the Fascists and Mussolini's head of security, an arrogant blow-hard named Spatoletti (Eros Pagni), is especially fond of Salomè.

Tonino and young call girl Tripolina (Lina Polito) soon fall in love which serves to greatly complicate his mission.

I watched the widescreen version of the film on the Fox Lorber DVD, and contrary to several other comments I found no problems with the film transfer. My guess is that these refer to the variation in color tone as the film cuts between characters, but this is a deliberate effect by Wertmüller's. She lights each face differently to convey the character's motivation. The uncomplicated Torino is given natural lighting, the political Salomè is tinted red, and the disillusioned Tripolina is in shadow. These combine with bold colors, a surreal score, and acute camera angles that exaggerate elements and play with scale in many of the frames. The everyday scenes in the brothel are especially good, combining the audacious with the darkly comic. The best is a carnival-like montage to music showcasing the start of a busy day of business for the prostitutes and their eager customers.

In almost any other film Pagni would steal the whole thing with his overplayed performance but Melato matches him line for line. This contrasts nicely with the more subtle and nuanced performances of Giannini and Polito. Polito is very effective when Wertmüller makes use of her eyes in several close-ups.

There is much overwrought melodrama as Wertmüller uses a farcical tone to illustrate that the Fascists and their opposition are linked by a common hypocrisy and a shared perversion of idealism. Ironically the film is at its best during its quiet scenes such as Tornio and Tripolina's stroll through the plazas of the city.

This is an important film with an original message, fine performances from the entire ensemble, and really slick film-making techniques.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can anyone translate the entire title? ReganRebecca
Discuss Love and Anarchy (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: