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The Law

Highly enjoyable Italian fluff (1959) by Jules Dassin, the blacklisted American director (Thieves' Highway, Night and the City) who revived his career with multiple box office hits in Europe (Rififi, Never on Sunday, Topkapi). Gina Lollobrigida, in her prime, plays a village spitfire coveted by cruel gangster Yves Montand and crusading agronomist Marcello Mastroianni; meanwhile, aging hooker Melina Mercouri chases a doomed romance with the gangster's weak-willed son. Dassin had cast Mercouri as a prostitute in his previous film, He Who Must Die (1957), and would do so again in his next, Never on Sunday (1960); they married six years later, but you'll have to work that out for yourself. Originally released in the U.S. as Where the Hot Wind Blows! In Italian with subtitles.



  • Jules Dassin


  • Gina Lollobrigida
  • Marcello Mastroianni
  • Pierre Brasseur
  • Yves Montand
  • Melina Mercouri

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