Law (1959)

Law (1959)

Gina Lollobrigida
Director: Jules Dassin Cast: Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida
, Pierre Brasseur
Pierre Brasseur
, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Jules Dassin

DVD (Anniversary Edition / B&W / Full Frame)

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Jules Dassin, blacklisted during the McCarthy era, directs this routine, ostensibly romantic tale that really courts an underlying theme of the misuse of power. Based on a popular French novel and set in a small Mediterranean town, the story involves a small group of men and the woman several of them desire. The men gather around in the local tavern each evening to play a rather vicious game called "The Law." One man is chosen to dictate to the others, and they have to do what he says, no matter how humiliating. Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida) is the gorgeous servant of Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur), desired by Francesco, the son of a crime boss (Yves Montand), and by her brother-in-law. She herself has fallen in love with Enrico (Marcello Mastroianni), a poor engineer. Determined to get a dowry and thereby be able to marry Enrico, Marietta turns the tables on the men who play "The Law."

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
UPC: 0896602002111
Original Release: 1959
Source: Oscilloscope
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 3,551

Special Features

Uncensored French-language version of the Law; Audio commentary by film critic David Fear; New English subtitle translation by Lenn Borger; Alternat ending - "Mariette's Revenge"; 1958 episode of Cinépanorama from the set of the Law, featuring Jules Dassin, Gina Lollobrigida, Yves Montand, and Melina Mercouri; 1957 television interview with La Lai novelist Roger Vailland, from French television program Lectures pour tous; L'ultima asteria (200, dir. Alfredo De Giuseppe), a documentary film about the game "The Law" as played in Southern Italy today; The Law original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gina Lollobrigida Marietta
Pierre Brasseur Don Cesare
Marcello Mastroianni Engineer
Melina Mercouri Donna Lucrezia
Yves Montand Matteo Brigante
Raf Mattioli Francesco Brigante
Paolo Stoppa Tonio
Vittorio Caprioli Attilio
Nino Vingelli Pizzaccio
Lydia Alfonsi Giuseppina
Edda Soligo Giulia
Luisa Rivelli Elvira
Bruno Carotenuto Balbo
Marcello Giorda Priest
Gianrico Tedeschi Actor
Franco Pesce Actor

Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director,Screenwriter
Baccio Bandini Production Manager
Jacques Bar Producer
Jacques Deray Asst. Director
Roger Dwyre Editor
Robert Giordani Set Decoration/Design
Francoise Giroud Screenwriter
Buddy Kaye Songwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Mills Brothers Songwriter
Luciano Perugia Production Manager
Walter Rupp Production Manager
Roman Vlad Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Law
1. Southern Italian Town [6:29]
2. Mariette and the Don [8:05]
3. "A Ring" [6:20]
4. Mr. Brigante [8:30]
5. The Festival [7:07]
6. "The Law" [6:35]
7. Devious Scheme [2:48]
8. Family Feud [:08]
9. "New Breed of Women" [6:17]
10. Seaside Tryst [5:05]
11. A Dowry [4:26]
12. Bearing His Cross [6:33]
13. "I Eat Like a Prince" [5:22]
14. Lovers' Getaway [9:09]
15. The Money [4:16]
16. "May I Drink?" [4:32]
17. Sad Demise [9:01]
18. "Nice Double Bill" [8:05]

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