"'Cause it's my birthday/And I wanna get fucked like it's the first time/Like it's the first time"
Today is my birthday. The last year of my 20's. Every birthday, I'm reminded of the beautiful short story, "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros:
What they don't understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you're eleven, you're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one.
"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.
Film: La Ragazza con La Pistola (The Girl With The Pistol)
Starring: Monica Vitti as Assunta Patane & Carlo Giuffrè as Vincenzo Macaluso
For my second installment of Italian Feminist Films, I will be telling you about, "Nights of Cabiria." The film was released in 1957 and directed by the famous, Federico Fellini. "Nights of Cabiria" stars, Giulietta Masina (Fellini's real-life wife) in a role as a sassy sex worker. Initially, Fellini had difficulty getting backing for the film, since no one in Italy wanted to produce a film which featured a sex worker as a heroine. In the first scene, Cabiria is likeable and you're immediately on her side. Though, how can you not be when suddenly her boyfriend steals her purse and pushes her into the river and she nearly dies? From the start, you want to see her survive--and survive she does.