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366 Ratings

Salvatore Giuliano

Directed by Francesco Rosi
Italy, 1962
Drama, Crime, History


The true story of the death of Italy’s most wanted criminal and celebrated hero, Francesco Rosi’s groundbreaking political film is a startling exposé of Sicily and the tangled relations between its citizens, the Mafia, and government officials.

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Salvatore Giuliano Directed by Francesco Rosi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1962 | Winner: Best Director (Silver Berlin Bear)

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1963 | 3 wins including: Best Director

1963 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

A fascinating, perceptive and provocative look at a particular Italian region, the men and women who inhabit it and how all factors formed the short but riotous life of the film’s title subject.
July 11, 2018
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[Gomorrah and Salvatore Giuliano’s] thematic similarities are striking—especially their view of crime as a bulwark for the ruling class. What I found astonishing and thrilling was the way both directors marry journalistic rigor to a gritty imagistic splendor. Salvatore Giuliano was Rosi’s breakthrough film, and he and his team innovated a new style of filmmaking to trace the collision and collusion of Sicilian separatists, the Mafia, the cops, and the bandit antihero, Giuliano.
September 18, 2017
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Around Giuliano’s spectral form, Rosi assembles a methodical welter of interrogations, flashbacks and reconstructions, dossier pages scattered across the lumpy, stark landscape. From a Roman reporter to a recruited shepherd to a treacherous comrade, the perspective is continuously slippery, obscured, purposely incomplete. The political and personal forces at play are raw, the scrutiny is analytical.
January 26, 2015
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