123 minutes, Italy, 1962, Subtitled, Black and White, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, October 2nd. 


Castelvetrano, 1950. A lifeless body, riddled with bullets and drenched in blood, lies face down in a courtyard, two guns at its side. Reporters twitter around it, demanding answers from harassed policemen, creating stories and expounding theories about the scene they are confronted with. The dead man is 27-year-old Salvatore Giuliano, a Sicillian Robin Hood, regarded as a worthless bandit by some and a hero by many.

Myth and reality mingle in Francesco Rosi’s tour-de-force Salvatore Giuliano, a landmark work of political filmmaking which follows the path of the title character’s real life in order to expose the complex relationship between the Sicilian people, the Mafia, law enforcement and the political establishment. Rosi went to great lengths to represent his subject accurately, and the film became a noted inspiration for filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ The Irish Times

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