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

The mysterious and violent death of an infamous Sicilian bandit sparks a heated investigation in director Francesco Rosi's bold Italian neorealistic classic -- arriving on DVD in this feature-packed release from The Criterion Collection. The feature is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, offering audio rendered in Italian Dolby Digital Mono with optional English subtitles. As with most Criterion releases, this disc offers an abundance of bonus materials, including new audio commentary from film historian Peter Cowie, a 55-minute documentary on the director produced by Italian television, new interviews with Rosi and film critic/author Tullio Kezich, an original theatrical trailer, an essay by film historian/critic Michel Ciment, and written tributes to the director from Martin Scorsese, Federico Fellini, and Francis Ford Coppola.
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Overview

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

Synopsis

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
  • Image coming soon
    Federico Zardi - Pisciotta's Defense Counsel
  • Pietro Cammarata
    Pietro Cammarata - Salvatore Giuliano
  • Image coming soon
    Ugo Torrente
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