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Diamond in the Rough
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written by FKatrishen September 25, 2006 - 9:19 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Ditto to the previous reviewer. I loved this movie. The cast is great and the acting is great. The setting in a small Mediteranean town seems real not at all contrived. The plot is mult-faceted so the power plays are going on at all levels in the society to determine who is the dominant player or "The Law". I don't understand why the movie reviewer called it a routine plot. I thought it was fairly unique. It was funny that it was dubbed in French but I got use to it. I thought perhaps with a multinational cast that they each were speaking their own language and then it was dubbed in multiple languages. Ive Montand appears to be speaking French and doesn't appear to be dubbed.

Dassin Lays Down "The Law"
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written by talltale October 17, 2005 - 5:34 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
One of those films I'd never have encountered were it not for GC, Jules Dassin's delightful and surprising morality tale THE LAW is a kind of diamond in the rough. The cast alone ought to give film buffs proper pause: Gina Lollobrigida, Melina Mercouri (just prior to "Never on Sunday"!), Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, Pierre Brasseur, and the priceless Paolo Stoppa (who, according to the IMDB, made some 188 movies in his 50-year career).

While not a great film, this post-"Rififi" 1959 film is full of love, sex, humor, violence and an appreciation of living with all its ups and downs. Dassin, as director and co-writer, beautifully captures the look, feel and under-belly of a small Italian town (the scenery is spectacular, and the DVD transfer is crisp and rich). Here are all the gossip, affairs and power games, as one of the townspeople (Lollobrigida) attempts to get out from under the crushing weight of hypocrisy, family and church. There is immense life in this movie, and an almost perfect rendering of a time and place.

Released in the U.S. (badly dubbed) under the title "Where the Hot Wind Blows," the movie was pretty much dismissed out of hand. Seeing it now, almost half a century later, that's no surprise. In terms of its open attitude regarding sexuality/sensuality, it puts to shame anything Hollywood was concurrently producing. I'd put this on your Don't Miss list, and I doubt you'll be disappointed. It may not qualify as a "classic," but it remains rip-roaringly good entertainment, served up by a director, cast and crew with class to spare. ("Crassus" is correct; the DVD's soundtrack is in French. But that didn't bother me, and I hope it won't disturb your enjoyment. The dubbing is excellent, in any case.)

audio is French, not Italian
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written by crassus September 21, 2003 - 2:39 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Please be aware that the audio is French, not Italian,
which is not intuitively obvious, this being a great Italian classic.

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