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Love and Anarchy
Love and Anarchy
Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni, Pina Cei, Elena Fiore
Genres: Indie & Art House
R     1998     2hr 0min

Lina Wertmuller and her favorite actor, Giancarlo Giannini, took large steps toward establishing their international reputations with this 1973 tragi-comedy about an oaf who gets it into his head to assassinate Mussolini...  more »


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Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni, Pina Cei, Elena Fiore
Genres: Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/07/1998
Original Release Date: 01/01/1973
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1973
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

The Revolution Begins With You
Phillip Kay | Sydney | 10/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A film about love, and, er, anarchy. Funny, horrifying, moving, passionate, committed, acid, cynical...Magnificently acted, with a beautiful music score. A love story, a peasant and a whore. The tyranny of fascism and the desperation of the poor. At once a romance, a comedy and a study of political injustice. This is a mix found in many of Wertmuller's films. The result is confusion, an evocation of feeling that insidiously questions itself as you watch.

And it's accurate. Whores did fall in love in the Italy of the 1930s, and soldiers did beat dissidents to death, and human beings haven't changed at all in the meantime. As a species we have a horrifying, lovable capacity to love and be cruel at the same time. Lina Wertmuller has caught this in her film with devastating results. La Tripolena believes that love is more important than justice or freedom. And if we are capable of loving while we carry out our fight for freedom and justice we are enlightened indeed. But emotions are powerful; feeling, we often lose our sense of perspective. The results are unforgettably shown in this film."