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Salvatore Giuliano Details

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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 Frank Wolff (1987) starring Christopher Lambert as the title character. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Francesco Rosi Silver Bear for Best Director 1962 Winner

Cast

Salvo Randone
as President of Viterbo Assize Court
Frank Wolff
as Gaspare Pisciotta
Federico Zardi
as Pisciotta's Defense Counsel
Pietro Cammarata
as Salvatore Giuliano
Ugo Torrente
Max Cartier
as Francesco
Sennuccio Benelli
as Reporter
Max Cartier
as Francesco
Sennuccio Benelli
as Reporter

Crew

Francesco Rosi
Director
Franco Cristaldi
Producer
Enzo Provenzale
Screenwriter
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Screenwriter
Francesco Rosi
Screenwriter
Franco Solinas
Screenwriter
Gianni Di Venanzo
Cinematographer
Piero Piccioni
Composer (Music Score)
Mario Serandrei
Editor
Carlo Egidi
Art Director
Sergio Canevari
Art Director
Marilu Carteny
Costume Designer
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