The Law (1959 film)

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

The Law
Film poster
Directed byJules Dassin
Produced byJacques Bar
Maleno Malenotti
Written byDiego Fabbri
Françoise Giroud
Jules Dassin
Based onLa Loi
(1957 novel)
by Roger Vailland
StarringGina Lollobrigida
Yves Montand
Pierre Brasseur
Marcello Mastroianni
Music byRoman Vlad
CinematographyOtello Martelli
Edited byRoger Dwyre
Mario Serandrei
Le Groupe des Quatre
Cité Films
G.E.S.I. Cinematografica
Distributed byMGM (USA, theatrical, 1960)
Release date
  • 25 January 1959 (1959-01-25)
Running time
126 minutes
BudgetFRF 450,000,000 (estimated)
Box office$1,075,000[1]


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