Salvatore Giuliano (The Criterion Collection)
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- New transfer with restored image and sound elements
- Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
- Francesco Rosi: a 55-minute documentary made by Italian television surveying the director's career to date
- Witness to the Times: a new discussion with Rosi and film critic and author Tullio Kezich
- Excerpt of the Italian newsreel footage of the real life events
- New essay by film historian and critic Michel Ciment plus written tributes by Martin Scorcese, Federico Fellini, and Francis Ford Coppola
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He and his film crew descended on Sicily to tell the story of the notorius seperatist/mafia thug and bandit Giuliano.
But instead of bringing a cast, Rosi recruited locals. These were people who could authentically portray Sicily and the context surrounding Giuliano's killing.
The result is mezmerizing. Rosi captures sunbleached Sicily and it's people masterfully.
What's more, his refusal to tie the storyline neatly together allows him to show the maddening intricacies of Italian and Sicilian politics.
As the movie opens, we see Giuliano dead. We see him again several times throughout the film, always in his white rain coat, clutching a rifle and scrambling from one moutain hideout to the next.
But the movie itself is only anecdotally concerned with Giuliano. Instead, the viewer follows the course of Sicily's history and what Giuliano's deeds and death reveal about the island's political structure.
In the brilliant commentary track, Peter Cowie points out that some of the political subtleties and loose ends that Rosi uncovered with this film are still under investigation. Specifically, the May Day massacre of Sicilian communists may have been a Christian Democrat operation with ties to the mafia.
The fact that Rosi's film is 40 years ahead of historians is instructive. As Cowie says, this is investigative filmaking.
So with such an authentic artful recreation and a facinating commentary track, this DVD comes recommended.
However, viewers who tend to dislike disjointed, non-chronological, narratives or do not have the patience to soak in this film's nuance should probably stay away.
Under the direction of Rosi the audience experiences a new take on Italian neo-realism as Rosi actually brings the audience to the location of the true events as he tells his filmed version of what happened to Salvatore Giuliano.Read more ›
I'll admit this film is hard to follow due to the way it was edited and peiced together. It took me a couple of viewings to just take it all in and there is alot to take in. Luckily It was so entertaining that I did not mind watching it a few times at all. Actually this film gets better the more you watch it.
Off the batt, some scenes stood out so much that you could really tell what other directors were influenced by this film. Francis Ford Coppolla is the most obvious one. I'll let you figure out the others for yourself.
This film has some of the best camera work I've ever seen. Way better then Antonioni's "L'aaventura." This film deserves the praise that "L'aaventura" gets. Even more actually. The acting is strong but to be honest with you you don't really pay much attention to the acting. The visuals in this film alone are so powerful that they leave you in awe. It was too hard for me to focus on the story the first time. I was too busy drooling over the camerawork.
I don't wanna write any more about this film. The more I write the more time you waste reading and not watching. Instead of trying to make sense of all this poor grammar you should be watching this film. Go now!!! Watch!! Don't waste anymore time. Amazon will still be here when you get back.
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I was not happy with the format and the way the film was presented. Sub title are hard to follow and read as the movie goes on. Read morePublished 11 months ago by joseph gennero
The movie is about a massacre that occurred in Sicily. It is a two disc set, one telling the sad story of the event, the other how the director chose to film, using people from the... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by sally j. ingui
About 18 years ao I rented this film on a very bad VHS in the 90s and even without captioning and the blurry flatness it was fascinating. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Tara Lawrence-Stuart
After World War II, as borders were being redefined, dozens of countries found themselves in social turmoil, leading to attempted revolutions and a few gains. Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by PolarisDiB
My son (a film editor) recommended that I watch Criterion films. He told me that I would be stunned by the story and by the nonprofessional actors in Salvatore Guiliani. Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by JP
Salvatore Guiliano feels like a missed opportunity and little more than an exercise in film form masturbation from Francesco Rosi. Read morePublished on September 19, 2005 by Trevor Willsmer
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