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Love and Anarchy -- An epic tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), LOVE AND ANARCHY plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini.  In HD.


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23 February 1973 (Italy) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Giancarlo Giannini ... Antonio Soffiantini 'Tunin'

Mariangela Melato ... Salomè
Eros Pagni ... Giacinto Spatoletti
Pina Cei ... Madame Aïda
Elena Fiore ... Donna Carmela
Giuliana Calandra
Isa Bellini
Isa Danieli ... Prostitute
Enrica Bonaccorti ... Prostitute

Anna Bonaiuto ... Prostitute
Anita Branzanti ... Prostitute
Maria Sciacca ... Prostitute
Anna Melato ... Prostitute
Gea Linchi ... Prostitute
Anna Stivala ... Prostitute

Josiane Tanzilli ... Prostitute
Valeria Piaggio ... Prostitute
Franca Salerno
Roberto Herlitzka ... Pautasso
Anna Maria Dossena
Mario Nandi
Maria Capparelli
Gianfranco Barra
Lina Polito ... Tripolina
Lorenzo Piani
Luigi Antonio Guerra

Directed by
Lina Wertmüller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lina Wertmüller  writer

Produced by
Billy 'Silver Dollar' Baxter .... executive producer
Romano Cardarelli .... producer
Herbert R. Steinmann .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Carlo Savina 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Fima Noveck 
Art Direction by
Gianni Giovagnoni 
Costume Design by
Enrico Job 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
John Marshall .... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Fernandez .... voice director: English version

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Also Known As:
"Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...'" - Italy (original title)
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USA:120 min | Italy:124 min
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Did You Know?

Spattoletti:Honey, if you really like me, you could do it free occasionally.
Salome:I promised when my fiancé left me pregnant at 16 - I promised not even the Pope! I'd rather close down business.
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A Masterpiece of Political Cinema, 18 April 2011
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

I saw this film two times in 1973 and a few years later again in art cinemas in the United States. I vividly remember the opening line, "I'm off to kill Mussolini. Screw the rest." While Fox Lorber put this film on DVD in 1997, it is now unavailable and sells for $37 used. I bought a made-in-China copy for $5 on Ebay. I was a bit upset when the first title read only "I'm off to kill Mussolini." I wondered why the change? Anyways the rest of the DVD seemed fine.

This is an amazing film. The acting by everyone is superb, with Giancarlo Gianini giving a performance that won him a best acting award at the Cannes film festival and should have won him an Oscar. He is Chaplinesque, but not imitative of Chaplin or anybody else. It is one of the most sympathetic performances ever given. In many scenes, he doesn't talk, but you sense his feelings of anger or sadness. His mass of freckles on his face make him look more like a 14 year old than a man planning a major political assassination. Mariangela Melato is sexy, foul-mouthed and hilarious. She also manages to make you believe that she is both a cynical prostitute and a politically and culturally aware anarchist. Lina Polito is the young prostitute with hope. She gives a performance similar to and as wonderful as Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret."

The musical score by Federico Fellini's main composer, Nino Rota, is energetic and terrific. It often counterpoints the action on the screen, bringing us away from it, and making some harsh scenes seem comical, but it also heightens the playfulness or menace in other crucial scenes. He won an Oscar for the Godfather Part II a few years later, but he deserved one here too.

This is a tribute to the European nihilist and anarchist movements of the 1800 and 1900's. It is also powerfully anti-fascist.

This is great and enthralling film-making. It is Lina Wertmuller's best film and still stands out today, nearly 40 years later, as a great historical and humanist work of art. It is sad that more people do not know about it and have not had the opportunity to experience it.

Having seen about 6,000 films (150 films X 40 years), I would put this one in the top twenty.

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