Law (1958)

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A movie of cartoon-like mass formations, singing urchins, and operatic outbursts.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's Lollobrigida who owns the film. Her sex appeal and power cannot be underestimated,

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...seems to have gone a little crazy in the heat, in a good oddity, but one with many pleasures.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

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.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

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.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

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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Dave Kehr
Film Comment Magazine

'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.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It was hard for director Dassin to miss the mark during his illustrious career and...he hit the bull's eye with The Law.

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Kent Turner

Elegant and sultry, Melina Mercouri transcends the slightly sordid material.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
The release notes state that the role of Marietta (Lollobrigida) was greatly expanded at the producer's request. The spitfire, Lollbrigida, dominates this… More
Walter M.
"The Law" starts with one of the citizens of a small fishing village in Italy wondering why a bird does not fly far away when it has the chance.… More