Salvatore Giuliano [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [Italian] [1962]

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Special Features

  • New high-definition transfer with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • "Witness to the Times," a new discussion with director Francesco Rosi and film critic Tullio Kezich
  • Excerpt from an Italian newsreel from July 12, 1950, reporting the shocking death of the infamous and charismatic bandit Salvatore Giuliano
  • "Il Cineasta e Il Labirinto," a 55-minute Italian documentary guided by Rosi, revisiting his life and career in cinema, with peronal comments by directors Giuseppe Tornatore, Martin Scorsese, and others
  • Written tributes by Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, and Martin Scorsese, as well as a new essay by writer Michel Ciment


Salvatore Giuliano
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

Cast & Crew

  • Salvo Randone
    Salvo Randone - President of Viterbo Assize Court
  • Frank Wolff
    Frank Wolff - Gaspare Pisciotta
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    Federico Zardi - Pisciotta's Defense Counsel
  • Pietro Cammarata
    Pietro Cammarata - Salvatore Giuliano
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    Ugo Torrente

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