"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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Starting out my new column, Italian Feminist Films, I'm reviewing the 1949 film Riso Amaro, starring Silvana Mangano, Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, and Raf Vallone. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Story, and was also entered in the Cannes Film Festival. The title is based on a pun, as "riso" means both "rice" and "laughter" in Italian. (Spoilers ahead!)
I was in a couple bands in my teens. Sometimes, it was rough, but at all times it was awesome.