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Love and Anarchy, 1973 – ★★★★½

Three phases.

First: “OK, neat, this is about radical leftism and anti-fascism contrasted with broad Italian sex farce, that’s kind of cool even if the marriage seems a little forced. And I dig this guy’s acting.”

Second: “Oh, wow, no, this is really authentically touching. This really is about love as much as it’s about anarchy, and Wertmüller really does care about both. This is quite good. And I dig this guy’s acting.”

Third: “Oh, fuck, no, this is now a brutal exploration of the compromises that anti-fascism may require from us, and an authentic query about the value of love when contrasted with the value of freedom. What’s one worth without the other? And Giancarlo Giannini’s acting is emotionally wrecking me. He’s so afraid.”

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