Release Date: 09/28/10
Lollobrigida is the Flame ... Montand is the Fuse That Sets Them on Fire!
Pigeons and vagabonds populate the town square of Porto Manacore, the seedy Italian fishing village perched above the Adriatic where passion and power are equally corrupt. Overlooking the immoral hoi polloi from his baroque apartment on high is the town's wealthy patriarch Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur, anticipating Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone). Lusted after by the men of the town is his gorgeous housekeeper, Mariette (Gina Lollobrigida), the resident whipping girl to the Don's other female caretakers. When the handsome yet broke Milanese engineer Enrico Tosso (Marcello Mastroianni) comes to town, Mariette concocts a daring scheme to marry him. But the devilish Matteo Brigante (Yves Montand), local brute and admirer of Mariette, connives to shut Enrico out by using 'The Law,' a vicious drinking game and humiliating power play, as his weapon of choice. Piquing censors at the time of its initial release, Dassin's film is a sexy, lurid, occasionally campy romp amongst the lowly and the exalted, the suave and the callow, and the otherwise contradictory inhabitants of the gorgeously photographed Mediterranean. Extras include: Uncensored French-language version of The Law; All new feature length audio commentary by film critic David Fear; New English-language subtitle translation by Lenny Borger; Alternate ending - 'Mariette's Revenge;' 1958 episode of CinÃ©panorama from the set of The Law, featuring Jules Dassin, Gina Lollobrigida, Yves Montand, and Melina Mercouri; 1957 television interview with La Loi novelist Roger Vailland, from French television program Lectures pour tous; L'Ultima Osteria (2010, dir. Alfredo De Giuseppe) - a documentary film about 'The Law' as played in southern Italy today; The Law original theatrical trailer; With an exclusive essay by Haden Guest, director of the Harvard Film Archive.
|Label: OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURE|
|Genre: Foreign Film|
|Run Time: 121 mins|
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