The Law

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Released 1960

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Director:
Jules Dassin
Released:
1960
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The Law is a dramatic film directed by Jules Dassin adapted from Roger Vailland's novel La Loi that centers on a small town of Porto Manacore, a fishing village nestled on the Adriatic coast of Italy, as the townsfolk seemingly struggle under the heavy-handed machinations of Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur), who uses his curvaceous beauty of a housekeeper, Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida), to do his dirty work within the town. When an agronomist, Enrico (Marcello Mastroianni), comes to town in hopes of finding a solution to the upsurge of malaria hitting the countryside, Don Cesare offers Marietta to help him settle. Smitten and determined to be more than just Enrico's helper, she declines the job and decides to pursue Enrico. Complicating matters is her brother-in-law (Paolo Stoppa) who cannot keep his hands to himself and the power hungry Matteo Brigante (Yves Montand) who wants everything Don Cesare has, including the power, the money, and Marietta.
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