1973. Italy/France/USA. Francesco Rosi. 115 min.
Sunday, November 3, 2013, 4:45 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1973. Italy/France/USA. Written and directed by Francesco Rosi. With Gian Maria Volonté, Vincent Gardenia, Silverio Blasi. In this brilliant portrait of the repatriated Mafia crime boss Lucky Luciano, played by a superbly enigmatic and antiheroic Volonté, Rosi masterfully inscribes the unholy alliance that was forged in postwar Italy between the government and the mob with the tacit support of the United States—a cynically corrupt and astoundingly profitable arrangement that power broker Luciano deftly exploited. The film centers on the Italian American mobster’s twilight years, from his release from prison despite a life sentence to his exile in Naples, where he built an extensive, lucrative heroin-trafficking network. “Film noir meets the conspiracy thriller in a flurry of masterful set pieces, operatic intensity segues into documentary-like observation of the complex machinery of manipulable power, and Rosi provides a context for the Godfather films which threatens to outdo their own cinematic forcefulness” (Paul Taylor, Time Out). Restored in full 4K in May 2013 by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Cristaldi Film and Paramount Pictures, with funding provided by The Film Foundation. Courtesy Rialto Pictures. In English, Italian; English subtitles. 115 min.
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