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Italian Feminist Films: The Law

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Italian Feminist Films: The Law

"La Legge", or "The Law", starring the gorgeous Gina Lollobrigida, was released in 1959. Lollobrigida plays a servant, named Marietta, to aristocrat Don Cesare. Marietta is the town beauty who follows her own rules. Each night, men (including the three men in love with Marietta) go to the local tavern to select a "boss" by playing a drinking game called, "The Law", in which one man is selected boss and thus has power to humiliate and degrade whomever he chooses. Many men are vying for Marietta's love and attention, but she only has her eyes for one: Enrico (Marcello Mastroianni), an engineer. She is considered too poor and has no dowry, so her marriage to Enrico, by all accounts, can never be. Taking matters into her own hands, Marietta steals a large amount of money believing this could help her marry Enrico.

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