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The Law Is the Law (1958)

La legge è legge (original title)
Assola is an imaginary village on the border between Italy and France and the borderline crosses the village itself. The French customs agent Ferdinand is always trying to catch the Italian... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Giuseppe La Paglia
... Ferdinand Pastorelli
Nino Besozzi ... Le maréchal des carabiniers / Il Maresciallo
... Le gendarme Malandain
Leda Gloria ... Antonietta La Paglia
Nathalie Nerval ... Hélène Pastorelli
Luciano Marin ... Mario
Albert Dinan ... Le brigadier-chef des douanes
Anna Maria Luciani ... Marisa La Paglia
... Bourride
Renato Terra
René Génin ... Gaspard Donadieu
... Luigi
Franco Di Trocchio
Aldo Pini
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Assola is an imaginary village on the border between Italy and France and the borderline crosses the village itself. The French customs agent Ferdinand is always trying to catch the Italian smuggler Giuseppe. Giuseppe discovers that Ferdinand was actually born in Italy and therefore he can't be a French customs agent. Written by Piergiorgio Romani <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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France's Most Famous Funny Man! Italy's Greatest Clown! Europe's Two Top Clowns!

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Dura lex sed lex
31 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

The "imagine there's no countries/it's not hard to do" "frontiers are absurd" concept was much better applied on Christian-Jaque's "Si Tous Les Gars Du Monde " (1956).This Italian-French production is rather ponderous.Both Fernandel (who had seen better days with Christian-Jaque in the thirties with "Ernest le Rebelle" "Un De La Legion" or "François Premier" )and his Italian counterpart Toto overact as if the director had left them to their own devices.

The screenplay was delirious though:whatever he says or does,Fernandel finds himself back against the law,a law which is his reason to live.In turn,an alien in his homeland,a deserter ,a bigamist,you name it.It would have taken an Italian director such as Dino Risi or Luigi Comencini to treat this story successfully.

Probably made to capitalize on the success of Duvivier's "Don Camillo" series.


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