In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems. The film moves back and forth between the late 1940s, when Giuliano and other reprobates were recruited by separatist politicians to do their fighting, and the days leading up to and following Giuliano’s death. After Sicily’s self-rule is declared, will the outlaws be pardoned as promised? And why does Giuliano order his gang to fire on a peaceful May Day rally? Police, Carabinieri, and Mafia have their uses for him. There’s a trial after his death: will the truth come out or does the code of silence help protect those in power? (IMDB)
1. Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
The commentary is indexed into 25 chapters for easy access to specific topics, and Cowie does a masterful job covering the film’s place in Italian and world cinema; background on the historical events that inspired the film, including the minutiae of Sicilian politics of the era and the conflict between the Christian Democratic Party and socialists and communists; and Rosi’s sensibilities and approaches to making the film. It’s an exhaustively detailed track.
2. Witness to the Times
Director Francesco Rosi and film critic Tullio Kezich discuss the film’s themes and why it isn’t neorealist.
3. La fine di Giuliano
Excerpt of an Italian newsreel from July 12, 1950, reporting the shocking death of the infamous and charismatic bandit Salvatore Giuliano.
4. Theatrical Trailer
1.92GB | 2h 3mn | 851×460 | mkv