The Law (1959 film)

The Law

Film poster
Directed by Jules Dassin
Produced by Jacques Bar
Maleno Malenotti
Written by Diego Fabbri
Françoise Giroud
Jules Dassin
Based on La Loi
(1957 novel)
by Roger Vailland
Starring Gina Lollobrigida
Pierre Brasseur
Marcello Mastroianni
Music by Roman Vlad
Cinematography Otello Martelli
Edited by Roger Dwyre
Mario Serandrei
Le Groupe des Quatre
Cité Films
G.E.S.I. Cinematografica
Distributed by MGM (USA, theatrical, 1960)
Release dates
25 January 1959
Running time
126 minutes
Country Italy
Language French
Budget FRF 450,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $1,075,000[1]

The Law (Italian: La legge, French: La Loi and originally released in America as Where the Hot Wind Blows!) is a 1959 Italian film directed by Jules Dassin.[2]


Beautiful Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida) is a small-town girl who lives in southern Italian fishing village of Porto Manacore, a corrupt village ruled by a petty crook Matteo Brigante (Yves Montand). An engineer, Enrico Tosso (Marcello Mastroianni) comes into town to drain the marshes, and helps the villagers to take back their town.


Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $750,000 in the US and Canada and $325,000 elsewhere, resulting in a net loss to the studio of $39,000.[1]


  1. 1 2 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "NY Times: The Law". NY Retrieved 2009-03-22.

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