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Title:
Salvatore Giuliano
Author:
Rosi, Francesco.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sound, black and white or color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A documentary-style drama chronicling the rise and fall of the title character, a real-life Mob chieftain who rose to prominence in post-WWII Sicily.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1962.

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Language:
Italian
Contents:
Disc 1. Salvatore Giuliano (123 min.) -- Disc 2. Witness to the times, a discussion with Rosi and film critic, Tullio Kezich ; Excerpt from an Italian newreel, July 12, 1950, reporting the death of Giuliano ; Il cineasta e il libirinto, a 55 min. biographical documentary on Rosi.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9780780027879
UPC:
037429186121
Format :
DVD

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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, Rovi