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Salvatore Giuliano (Criterion Collection) (1962)

Cast: Salvo Randone, Salvo Randone, Frank Wolff, more...
Director: Francesco Rosi, Francesco Rosi
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, Italy, Classic Crime, Crime, Classic Crime, Criterion Collection
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
This is a documentary-style Italian drama chronicling the rise and fall of the title character, a real-life Mob chieftain who rose to prominence in post-WWII Sicily. Salvatore Giuliano himself is almost unseen and his career is recalled in flashbacks after his assassination in 1950. With the help of his right-hand man and cousin Gaspare Pisciotta (Frank Wolff), Salvatore becomes a guerilla leader whose resistance to the corrupt politicians dominating his post-war nation leads to his popularity among the Sicilian peasant class. As time passes, though, Salvatore becomes more of a criminal than a rebel, threatening Mafia income. Even Salvatore's own devoted followers begin to doubt him, and when he orders the slaughter of communist supporters at a rally, a bloody shootout with police ensues. Salvatore Giuliano (1962) was such an effective anti-organized crime film that it inspired a real-life investigation into Mob activities in Sicily. The Giuliano story was later filmed as The Sicilian (1987) starring Christopher Lambert as the title character. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Theatrical Trailer


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Salvatore Giuliano (Criterion Collection) (1962)
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