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65 Ratings

Lucky Luciano

Directed by Francesco Rosi
France, Italy, 1973
Crime, Drama, Biography


Luciano, after serving nine years of his 50-year sentence in the 1930s and 1940s, is pardoned and deported to Italy. Once back in Italy, Luciano travels to Naples, where he finds himself under a continuous ten-year investigation by narcotics investigator Charles Siragusa.

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Lucky Luciano Directed by Francesco Rosi

Critics reviews

The late Francesco Rosi’s answer to The Godfather is an authentic, didactic and pugnacious odyssey through post-war Italian and American politics and gangsterism. It avoids any sense of an epic family saga and instead evinces the filmmaker’s life-long interest in social systems, in this case the way organized crime and government walk hand in hand. While Coppola’s saga focused on family dynamics, in Lucky Luciano (1973) the sights are set squarely on the mechanisms of power in the western world.
January 29, 2015
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At once grounded in reality and dizzyingly heightened, Rosi’s film makes use of slow motion in operatic flashbacks of mafia assignations (probably an influence on similar montages in Scorsese’s gangster films). Gian Maria Volenté is captivating as Luciano—cool, calculating, and insidiously charismatic.
November 20, 2013
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