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Excellent Cadavers (2006)

Alexander Stille , Letizia Battaglia , Marco Turco  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alexander Stille, Letizia Battaglia, Marco Turco
  • Directors: Marco Turco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YVB2OS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Excellent Cadavers is a documentary about the real Mafia: not the comical hoods of the Sopranos or the tragic warriors of The Godfather, but the historic, violent Sicillian gang that has flourished in Italy and the U.S. for more than a century, leaving bloody havoc in its wake. The focus is not on individual Mafiosi but on the Cosa Nostra as a powerful and amoral coporate entity, intimately emmeshed with Italian business and politics, and, on two brave, unshakeably honest prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who battlled them in the courts for years, winnning hundreds of convictions, before both were assassinated. Sicily is one of the most picturesque of movie locations, and director Marco Turco takes full advantage of that here. One of his main interviewees is the gifted photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, who has recorded the Mafia's violent legacy in Palmero for decades, and uses her searing black-and-white shots evocatively and well. Cadavers is a rich mine of information on a subject about which it is sometimes too easy to be superficial.


A superb documentary.....worthy of Greek tragedy. People who enjoy mafia movies owe it to themselves to see it. --San Francisco Chronicle

Eye-opening. Anyone whose romantic illusions about the Mafia involve Michael Corleone and Tony Soprano would do well to watch it. --TV Guide

An engrossing, detailed history of the birth of and growth of the Mafia. It dismantles the celluloid romanticizing. --LA Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informed and informative March 3, 2008
"Excellent Cadavers" is how the bodies of Mafia-assassinated prosecutors, judges, and other members of Italian and Sicilian society were referred to when the judicial killings began in the 1970s. Based upon the book by Italian-American author Alexander Stille and drawing upon the work of Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, this superbly produced and presented 92 minute documentary chronicles the efforts of two courageous Italian prosecutors whose work in the 1980s to expose and imprison the leadership and the membership of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra ultimately led to the 'Maxi-Trials' held in Palermo in a heavily-protected underground bunker the size of a football filed where hundreds of Mafia defendants, ranging from street soldiers to Dons, were tried and convicted. "Excellent Cadavers" is an informed and informative, making it 'must viewing' for academicians, criminologists, and the general public with an interest in organized crime generally, and the Sicilian Cosa Nostra in particular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The real Mafia November 28, 2010
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It's not Hollywood. The truth is ugly, brutal and unromantic. The judges who fought the Corleonese were tough and determined to end the control of the mob. They not only had to fight hundreds of years of tradition and intimidation, but also corruption at the very top of the Italian Political system. Andreotti and Berlusconi be damned. A very well documented treatise on bravery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A interesting film January 12, 2014
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After watching this film I am glad Amanda knox ran away there is no justice in Italy. There is no justice in that nation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I WOULD GIVE IT FIVE STARS IF IT WERE NOT... June 19, 2011
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... if it were not for the man (Alexander Stille I presume) who keeps walking in and out of the screen when you least expect it. He wrote the book, that is fine! but does he have to spoil the landscape too? I find him extremely irritating.
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