"...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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I have'nt seen this since it was on ART screens, along with SWEPT AWAY, and 7 BEAUTIES. This film really holds up well. It's strong, simple, brutal honesty, and courageous beauty leave a mark. The eyes of Gianinni are messianic,seeing beyond Love and Death. This film was an influential politicaly articulate oracle, then and now. Rotunno, and Rota working thier magic once again to make this film a solid piece of work. I'm going to see it again in a couple of days.
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.
2 hr Italian Comedy. Picks up steam, loses steam, picks up steam. Not my favorite but well done in acting and subtle to harsh comedy to harsh tragedy.
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.