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Mafia (1968)
"Il giorno della civetta" (original title)

M  -  Thriller | Crime | Mystery  -  1970 (USA)
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Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. ... See full summary »

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Don Mariano Arena
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Zecchinetta (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
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Ennio Balbo
Ugo D'Alessio
Fred Coplan
Giovanni Pallavicino
Giuseppe Lauricella
Vincenzo Falanga
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Brizio Montinaro
Lino Coletta
Vincenzo Norvese
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Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. Paolo goes missing the same morning as the murder occurs. Written by Ave Tikkanen

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Thrilling film about Sicilian Mafia with good acting from Franco Nero and Lee J.Cobb ; being rightly directed by Damiano Damiani
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Highly intense and intriguing Poliziesco film with a good cast who gives fine performances . ¨Il Giorno della Civetta" - Italy original title or "Mafia" - , International , USA title , results to be a nice cop/political/Sicilian Mafia thriller , being professionally filmed and rightly made by Damiano Damiani . It's a hard boiled movie that packs a noir story , police procedural , intrigue , detective inquiries and a final twist in the plot . It concerns a dedicated captain what tries to wipe out the Mafiosi and bureaucratic corruption that is infecting his village . This story deals with the difficulties facing a northern Carabinieri captain named Bellodi (Franco Nero), he is a proverbial honest men , a stiff , idealistic officer and investigating a Mafia killing in a small Sicilian town in 1961 . He is helped by an upright Brigade , both of whom contend dangerous enemies , but determined in their will to fight crime and corruption . Salvatore Colasbena , a construction supplier has been killed because he refused to join the Mafia-controlled road building bunch . His widow, Rosa (a gorgeous Claudia Cardinale) , is investigated by the Carabinieri , but Captain Bellodi comes to suspect Mafia boss Don Mariano Arena (Lee J. Cobb) when he can encounter no witnesses , no evidence, only hostile obstruction by sabotage and blackmail . Captain Bellodi holding a firm belief in the law and justice system but he has no idea that his chase of the truth will stir up powerful foundations , but the Carabinieri takes on Mafia which the fight is hopeless . Everyone in the village is afraid to inform to Bellodi for fright they will be silenced forever and fearing the main Mafiosi and his hoodlums (Nehemiah Persoff) . The Carabinieri on the edge while investigate ties between the mob , politics and State departments . Important figures have a vested interest in ensuring that the very existence of the Mafia can be denied . Meanwhile , Bellodi finds corpses buried under a blanket of tar and faces several risks . But ambition , vendetta , corrupt government influences and decay reach everything and everybody .

This exciting and thought-provoking Italian cop thriller turns out to be one of the first and best films about the mafia . This heavy-going tale has an interesting and politically incorrect writing by the same director Damiano Damiani along with Ugo Pirro and especially dealing with corruption interwoven between high authorities and Mafia . Based on the Leonardo Sciascia novel of the same title , the movie dramatizes the hold that the Mafia has on Sicilian life : the blackmail, the Omertá , the power and politics . The picture displays thrills , disturbing issues , suspenseful , great visual style and is pretty entertaining , though sometimes is hard to follow . Excellent main cast as Franco Nero as a rough-and-ready captain who attempts to prove the wealthy man in the city is in the mafia , being very good played by the great Lee J. Cobb . Supporting cast is frankly magnificent such as Nehemiah Persoff as Pizzuco , Tano Cimarosa as Zecchinetta and Serge Reggiani as informer . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli though being necessary a right remastering . Sensitive as well as appropriate musical score by Giovanni Fusco who composed an enjoyable soundtrack .

The motion picture was well directed by Damiano Damiani . He's an expert on all kind of genres as Drama (¨Arthur's island¨ , ¨The Most Beautiful Wife" , ¨The witch¨ , and ¨Empty canvas¨ based on the Alberto Moravia novel) , Terror (Amytiville 2 : the possession) , Historical (¨The Inquiry¨) , Spaghetti Western (¨Trinity is back again¨and the prestigious ¨A bullet for the General¨) . Damiani was specialized on crime-thriller-Subgenre or Italian cop thriller (¨Confessions of a Police captain¨ , ¨How to kill a judge¨, ¨The case is closed , forget it¨, "Goodbye e amen" , ¨Mafia¨, "I Am Afraid" and ¨Warning¨ starred by Martin Balsam) . "Il Giorno Della Civetta" seems to be a ¨must see¨ for the Poliziesco fans . This is one of the crowns of the Italian Poliziotteschi (police thrillers) and Mafia film of the 1970s , along with other films directed by Enzo G . Castellari , Ferdinando Baldi or Umberto Lenzi . Rating : Better than average . Essential and indispensable watching , this highly recommended film is the same for the Italian "mafia-film" of that period.


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