ITALIAN CINEMA MONTH: Must See Italian Films - Salvatore Giuliano - Directed by Francesco Rosi.
Rosi is considered a post-neorealist filmmaker. He worked as assistant to Luchino Visconti and as a screenwriter before directing. His impact was felt immediately as a new political filmmaker, his films combining the tools of neorealism, location photography, non-actors in major roles, but he added something new, the expose' aspect or reporting style of his storytelling. His topics are usually political corruption in high places, especially the government and the mafia.
With Salvatore Giuliano he delivers a neorealist, non-linear style film investigating the events that lead up to the death of the famous 28 year old Sicilian bandit. The film opens with the corpse of Giuliano and goes back in time trying to solve the mystery of the 'who' and the 'why' of his murder.
The film is a groundbreaker of style and substance for a new cinema ot the 1960s. It is not a 'gangster film', it is so much more. It is journalism, political thriller, crafty, stylized movie making all combined.
The story and script are by Rosi, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Enzo Provenzale and Franco Solinas.
Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.
Edited by Mario Serandrei.
Production Design by Sergio Canevari and Carlo Egidi.
Music by Piero Piccioni.