- SKU: 9021881
- Release Date: 02/24/2004
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- 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
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 - President of Viterbo Assize Court
- Frank Wolff - Gaspare Pisciotta
- Federico Zardi - Pisciotta's Defense Counsel
- Pietro Cammarata - Salvatore Giuliano
- Ugo Torrente