First non-noir Dassin film I have seen. Handles this, at times, rather bizarre comedy quite well. Lollobrigida is at full babe status in this one and is pure eye candy, making a straight man such as myself long for a time machine. Pretty strange film being filmed with Italian actors speaking French and all.
"Lurid and politically astute" indeed. "The Law" - the drinking game played by the villagers is an exercise in degradation and humiliation that they willingly take part in. You can feel Mastroianni's disgust. This is only one of many powerful scenes - which all these years later still retain their ability to shock. Great cast and Lollobrigida exudes carnality throughout.