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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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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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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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Multiple Viewings Recommended, 1 April 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

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.

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