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La violenza: Quinto potere (1972)

Taking place almost entirely during a murder trial, the film details in significant detail the deep roots sunk by organized crime in the business and political life of Sicily.

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Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Prosecutor
Gastone Moschin ...
Colonnesi, defense attorney
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Professor Salemi
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Amedeo Barrese
Ciccio Ingrassia ...
Ferdinando Giacalone
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Giuseppe Salemi
Michele Abruzzo ...
Zaccaria
Ferruccio De Ceresa ...
Senator
Turi Ferro ...
Judge Nicola Altofascio
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Rosaria Licata
Guido Leontini ...
Vacirca
Elio Zamuto ...
Verzi
Mico Cundari
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Commissario Golino
Georges Wilson ...
Crupi
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Taking place almost entirely during a murder trial, the film details in significant detail the deep roots sunk by organized crime in the business and political life of Sicily.

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Crime | Thriller

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3 February 1972 (Italy)  »

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The Sicilian Checkmate  »

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Italian censorship visa # 59719 delivered on 2-2-1972. See more »

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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Serious courtroom drama short on thrills
7 January 2007 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is a very hard film to review fairly in its currently available format--an English-dubbed videotape from Finland. La Violenza: Quinto Potere (titled The Sicilian Checkmate on the tape) is an extremely talky courtroom drama steeped in Italian politics of the period, and therefore is pretty hard going for an Anglophone audience unfamiliar (as am I) with the topic. Taking place almost entirely during a murder trial, the film details in significant detail the deep roots sunk by organised crime in the business and political life of Sicily. There are a few flashbacks which include what little 'action' the film includes, but the vast majority of the film is a lengthy indictment of mafia corruption.

IMDb indicates Sicilian Checkmate was shot in a 2.35:1 ratio, but the tape is in 1.66:1--not that it actually makes any difference, as the film basically takes place in a single room. Of some note is Ennio Morricone's atypically atonal and spare score, which adds a threatening quality to the proceedings. All in all, this is a tough film to like--but would seem to be a perfect candidate for DVD restoration by the good folks at No Shame. I'd also love to know if this film ever actually had a cinema release in English-speaking territories--and who authorised the expense of recording the English language dub!


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