The Law (La Loi)
Dir. Jules Dassin
In Theaters 06/23/10 On DVD 09/28/10 Stream available 12/06/11 Poster available 05/11/10
THE LAW (previously released in the US as Where the Hot Wind Blows) stars Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, Melina Mercouri, and Pierre Brasseur. Lollobrigida plays Marietta, the gorgeous housekeeper to Don Cesare (Brasseur), the patriarch of a small Mediterranean coastal town. Lusted after by many men, including Francesco (Montand), the son of a local crime boss, Marietta has her own desires, consisting of the poor Enrico (Mastroianni). Determined to secure the dowry that will enable her to marry Enrico, Marietta connives the men of the town by turning the tables on them using their own vicious drinking game which they call "The Law." Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive called the film "a totally underrated and underappreciated gem."
Marietta Gina Lollobrigida Don Cesare Pierre Brasseur Enrico Tosso, the Engineer Marcello Mastroianni Donna Lucrezia Melina Mercouri Matteo Brigante Yves Montand Francesco Brigante Raf Mattioli Attilio, the Inspector Vittorio Caprioli Giuseppina Lidia Alfonsi First Loafer Gianrico Tedeschi Pizzaccio Nino Vingelli Balbo Bruno Carotenuto Elvira Luisa Rivelli Maria Anna Maria Bottini Anna, Attilio's wife Anna Arena Giulia Edda Soligo Swiss Tourist Herbert Knippenberg
Second Loafer Joseph Dassin Tourist's Wife Sonia Barbieri Priest Marcello Giorda Judge Alessandro Teddy Bilis Tonio Paolo Stoppa
Directed by Jules Dassin Written by Jules Dassin Produced by Jacques Bar
Cinematography by Otello Martelli Edited by Roger Dwyre
Original Music Roman Vlad
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 Cinépanorama 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.
Catalog Number: OSC-011