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A movie of cartoon-like mass formations, singing urchins, and operatic outbursts.
Few things renew one's faith in the moving image more than an unbridled Gina Lollobrigida cavorting in the Adriatic Sea with a flock of sheep.
'The result, of course, is not one good shot in two hours of film,' Godard wrote, somewhat unjustly. There is at least one good shot near the beginning.
It's Lollobrigida who owns the film. Her sex appeal and power cannot be underestimated,
A rare hybrid well worth a film lover's time, "The Law" (1959) is a black-and-white, French-language film with a Sicilian seaside setting, a stellar, largely Italian cast and a distinct, nonindigenous Tennessee Williams flavor.
It was hard for director Dassin to miss the mark during his illustrious career and...he hit the bull's eye with The Law.
...seems to have gone a little crazy in the heat, in a good way...an oddity, but one with many pleasures.
Shooting in black and white, Dassin effectively uses shadows in the indoor scenes to emphasize the stiflingly claustrophobic atmosphere of the town, this contrasts with the sunny open outdoors that represent freedom from the town's oppressiveness.
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