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The Law (1959)

La legge (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 November 1960 (USA)
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Illicit passions pervade an Italian town, where men gather nightly for the cynical "game of the law."

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Roger Vailland (novel), Jules Dassin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Marietta
Pierre Brasseur ... Don Cesare
Marcello Mastroianni ... Enrico Tosso - l'agronomo
Melina Mercouri ... Donna Lucrezia
Yves Montand ... Matteo Brigante
Raf Mattioli Raf Mattioli ... Francesco Brigante
Vittorio Caprioli ... Attilio - il commissario
Lidia Alfonsi Lidia Alfonsi ... Giuseppina
Gianrico Tedeschi Gianrico Tedeschi ... Primo disoccupato
Nino Vingelli ... Pizzaccio
Bruno Carotenuto Bruno Carotenuto ... Balbo
Luisa Rivelli ... Elvira
Anna Maria Bottini Anna Maria Bottini ... Maria
Anna Arena Anna Arena ... Anna - la moglie d'Attilio
Edda Soligo Edda Soligo ... Giulia
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Storyline

Marietta, servant of aristocrat Don Cesare, is the bellezza of an Italian town where men gather nightly in the tavern for the 'game of the Law,' selecting one by lot to boss and humiliate the others. Illicit passions abound: the judge's wife pursues Francesco, son of crime boss Matteo, who is after Marietta (so is her brother-in-law); Marietta wants engineer Enrico for a husband, but he claims he's too poor to marry. So she decides to steal herself a dowry! All this may lead to an explosion...and some changes in who dictates 'the law.' Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The most dangerous game six sensualists ever played with life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Carpino, Foggia, Apulia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF450,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,351
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Won the Best Film prize from the National Arts Foundation of Argentina in March of 1959. See more »

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Feudal Society
3 July 2008 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

The director Jules Dassin was able to draw well the reality of a small village in Southern Italy, where the existing rules were applied with a double standard. The priest was very much concerned with the attitude of Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida), but not with other situations affecting the town. The game called "la legge" (the law) was not an entertainment instead it was a weapon of intimidation. It appears to be as the behavior of strong animals showing their powers over weak ones. This is an old film, which could be useful to be shown in Italy again. Dassin was able to show various details and characters of the life in the village: the patriarch (Pierre Brasseur), the "pidgeon" (Yves Montand), the man of well-doing (Mastroianni), plus the lady of the family or la Donna(Melina Mercouri) and Marietta, likely to be a kind of spoiled Cinderella. All these ingredients put coherently in an interesting plot made the film attractive to be seen and not only once.


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