"...manage(s) to give these bare outlines substance and color that underline the irony and tragedy of unrequited sacrifice." - A.H. Weiler
An epic tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmuller, LOVE AND ANARCHY plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini. Giancarlo Giannini won the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his achingly sensitive portrayal of Tunin, a freckle-faced innocent who became an accidental anarchist. His contact in Rome is Salomè (Mariangela Melato), a prostitute with her own sob story. While they prepare for the assassination, Tunin falls in love with Tripolina (Lina Polito), which threatens the entire operation. A film of operatic emotion and subversive comedy, LOVE AND ANARCHY is a powerful statement on the terror of fascism and the ignoble fates of those who challenged it.
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This movie is absolutely fantastic and to recommend. Everything is at its best: Actors, interpretation, plot, scenery, direction. One of the best movies I have ever seen!
Very sad the last 30 minutes, the sound was off key and spoiled the movie.
In this story of a would-be assassin of Mussolini waylaid by love in a brothel, Wertmueller infuses a tragic tale with humor and humanity. A joy to watch; images and music worthy of Fellini at his best.