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The Mattei Affair (1972)
"Il caso Mattei" (original title)

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Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ... See full summary »

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Luigi Squarzina ...
Journalist
Gianfranco Ombuen ...
Ing. Ferrari
Edda Ferronao ...
Mrs. Mattei
Accursio Di Leo ...
Sicilian important man #1
Giuseppe Lo Presti ...
Sicilian important man #2
Aldo Barberito ...
Official
Dario Michaelis ...
Carabinieri official
Peter Baldwin ...
McHale (journalist)
Franco Graziosi ...
Minister
Elio Jotta ...
Head of commission
Luciano Colitti ...
Bertuzzi
Terenzio Cordova ...
Police official
Camillo Milli ...
Change teller
Jean Rougeul ...
American official
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Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ENI, a state body formed for the development of oil resources. October 27, 1962, he died when his private airplane crashed, one minute before it should land at Milan airport. Officially, he died of a flight accident. Actually, many journalists explored other plausible reasons for the untimely landing of the small aircraft. Written by Artemis-9

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Enrico Mattei: IF they want to kill me, let them do it.
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A mind boggling political film from a great Italian film maker Francesco Rosi
5 February 2009 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

It must be made clear that "Il Caso Mattei" is a different Italian film.This film is not a biographical analysis of a powerful man who mattered a lot to politicians in Italy.It has been directed by Francesco Rosi,a great Italian film director whose films always made a point to expose what was going wrong with Italy.This is the reason why he can be called the conscience keeper of Italy.Italian actor Gian Maria Volonté shines in one of his life's most outstanding roles as Enrico Mattei,an oil magnate who was one of Italy's most powerful men.Francesco Rosi has made his film in almost a subtle documentary manner but the film has nothing to do with documentary cinema.Il Caso Mattei is considered a supreme example of political cinema genre.It is one of those rare films which succeed in making their point noted without being neither controversial nor brash.This is all due to Francesco Rosi's cool and calm direction.A film to watch if you want to explore cinematographic oeuvre of Francesco Rosi,one of Italian cinema's greatest directors.


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