Italian Film Festival

Love and Anarchy

Info: Wertmuller, Italy, 1973, 129 mins, Blu-ray Disc

Language: In Italian with English subtitles

Director: Lina Wertmuller

Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Lina Polito, Mariangela Melato


  • Tuesday January 12, 2016 - 1:00 pm

An epic tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), 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, Lover and Anarchy is a powerful statement on the terror of fascism and the ignoble fates of those who challenged it.

“Passionate and stirring.” The New York Times

“Breathtaking… executed with the high-pitched passion of a gothic romance with a fluid, whirling, dazzling energy.”Newsweek

“A film of extraordinary vigor and force, possessed of boldness and ferocity.” New York Daily News