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Love and Anarchy

(Film d’amore e d’anarchia, ovvero: stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza…)
Italy 1973. Dir: Lina Wertmüller. 129 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! Writer-director Lina Wertmüller’s first art-house hit on North American soil was this boisterous, biting, bosoms-a-plenty tale of political espionage and punch-drunk amore set in pre-WWII Fascist Italy. Wertmüller staple Giancarlo Giannini stars as Tunin, a wide-eyed, freckle-faced farm boy determined to kill Mussolini after the murder of a friend. Mariangela Melato is icy blonde Salomè, an anarchist undercover in a Roman brothel whose high-ranking clientele are Mussolini associates. When the would-be assassin falls hard for a young, sweet-natured prostitute, the grim reality of his (almost assuredly) one-way mission starts to gnaw at his political resolve — and his sanity. Giannini, conveying a host of fragile emotions through Wertmüller’s signature close-ups, received Best Actor honours at Cannes. The film’s bawdy humour and wild dramatic pitches stand in ironic counterpoise to the tragic desperation at its core.


NUDITY; BRUTALITY; COARSE LANGUAGE
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS PERMITTED