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.
Gina Lollobrigida,Marcello Mastroianni,Melina Mercouri,Pierre Brasseur,Yves Montand,Raf Mattioli
THE LAW was previously released in the US as Where the Hot Wind Blows in 1959. 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
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."
Disappointing look at decaying morals in a Sicilian town. Fine cast can't redeem poor script!