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Release Date:
28 February 1962 (Italy) See more »
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In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Matter-of-fact, yet punchy See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Salvo Randone ... President of Viterbo Assize Court
Frank Wolff ... Gaspare Pisciotta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sennuccio Benelli ... Reporter (uncredited)
Giuseppe Calandra ... Minor Official (uncredited)
Pietro Cammarata ... Salvatore Giuliano (uncredited)
Max Cartier ... Francesco (uncredited)
Nando Cicero ... Bandit (uncredited)
Giuseppe Teti ... Priest of Montelepre (uncredited)
Cosimo Torino ... Frank Mannino (uncredited)
Ugo Torrente ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Bruno Ukmar ... Spy (uncredited)
Frederico Zardi ... Pisciotta's Defense Counsel (uncredited)

Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Suso Cecchi D'Amico 
Enzo Provenzale 
Francesco Rosi 
Franco Solinas 

Produced by
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
Carlo Egidi 
 
Art Direction by
Sergio Canevari 
Carlo Egidi 
 
Costume Design by
Marilù Carteny 
 
Production Management
Luciano Cattania .... production supervisor
Aldo Pace .... production supervisor
Enzo Provenzale .... production manager
Bruno Sassaroli .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nando Cicero .... assistant director
Franco Indovina .... assistant director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Claudio Maielli .... sound (as Claudio Majelli)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pasqualino De Santis .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Lamberto Pippia .... production secretary
 
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Also Known As:
"Black Fog in Sicily" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
123 min | Spain:120 min | Sweden:124 min | USA:125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Martin Scorsese credits this film as being one of his many inspirational sources for the look and style of his Taxi Driver (1976).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the Portella della Ginestre sequence, a member of the Communist Party gives a speech. In reality the shooting in the massacre began before anyone had a chance to speak to deliberately stop the speech starting.See more »
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Referenced in Baarìa (2009)See more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Matter-of-fact, yet punchy, 21 December 2008
Author: federovsky from bangkok

Filmed in the actual Siciilian locations, this film is a fair attempt to strip away the myth surrounding bandit-cum-revolutionary Giuliano. In fact, he doesn't appear except as a gunned-down corpse at the beginning. The film winds back to unravel the events leading to his death, and forwards to its consequence. This is a clever method of achieving objectivity while at the same time subtly emphasising the man's elusive and mysterious qualities. To show Giuliano would have either been either hagiography or iconoclasm. The film rose above that and broadened its inquiry into the wider social and political context, effectively belittling him as the puppet of various forces jostling for position in Sicily after the war: bandits, police, local aristocracy, the Italian government, communists, and the Mafia.

This sets quite a challenge for itself, partly because of the vacuum at its centre, partly because of the obscurity and complexity of the real events. We are delivered to a chaotic courtroom to try to piece it together. The film finally latches onto Giuliano's lieutenant –the only one who seems to know something of what is going on - but even he is silenced. It's all the more disturbing for the confusion.

Rosi is one of the best directors of crowds scenes and he gives raucous energy to any gathering of men, especially in the courtroom. He induces a kind of group hysteria in his actors; they are totally unaware of the camera and the result is an almost disturbing hyper-real feel (real crowds are dull in comparison) – it's really something to appreciate. To get into this film, you need to invest something in the passions of the various parties involved - if not sympathise with them, then at least understand them. Without this, the danger is that it all boils down to so much petty bickering. The same might be said of the Godfather, which clearly owes a huge debt to Rosi's style.

Influential then, somewhat brave, with some fine directorial moments, and an interesting history lesson. Hard to actually like, but hard not to admire.

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