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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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Rosa Nicolosi
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Capt. Bellodi
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Don Mariano Arena
Tano Cimarosa ...
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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Daughter of Don Mariano
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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Mafia don Lee J. Cobb toys with police chief Franco Nero
26 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Day of the Owl" or "Mafia" is realistic, tense and absorbing drama. It doesn't have much physical action, most of it occurring at the beginning with a murder. The setting is a town in Sicily in which the new police chief, Franco Nero, who is an outsider from Parma, is determined to prove that the murder was ordered by Don Marino, played by Lee J. Cobb. Between them is Claudia Cardinale, whose husband saw the crime and now has disappeared.

The movie depicts how Mafia control works. It does not operate with wholesale overt violence and murders. Murder is both a threat and a last resort. Instead it operates by threats and pressures, indirection, confusion, plausible cover stories, false rumors, spies, and informants. Omerta, a wall of silence, is a wall of false words and interpretations too.

The corruption of the local road construction is in the substitution of cheap materials for concrete. Matching that is the corruption of the society, which substitutes hypocrisy for truth and extortion for justice. It substitutes Don Marino for Nero, looking up to him but with fear in the heart and resigned to the ineffectiveness of Nero. Cardinale is caught in the middle.

To tag "Mafia", one can say it is an early and dramatic poliziotteschi, which I classify as being in the evolution from noir to neo-noir.

The production is uniformly very good. I was particularly struck by how well Cobb created the Marino character by his physical acting alone, his gestures, facial expressions, and body language, because his lines are in Italian and dubbed by someone else. Claudia Cardinale is intense. Nehemiah Persoff scores as one of Cobb's henchmen. The cinematography and staging make the movie a pleasure to watch.


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