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The Forgotten: Francesco Rosi's "Lucky Luciano" (1973)

28 January 2015 8:44 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The late Francesco Rosi's answer to The Godfather is an authentic, didactic and pugnacious odyssey through post-war Italian and American politics and gangsterism. It avoids any sense of an epic family saga and instead evinces the filmmaker's life-long interest in social systems, in this case the way organized crime and government walk hand in hand. While Coppola's saga focused on family dynamics, leaving the critique of capitalism to be inferred by the viewer, in Lucky Luciano (1973) the sights are set squarely on the mechanisms of power in the western world.

Gian Maria Volonte is very impressive indeed in this, suggesting the creep of old age with little more than some grey hair and a stooping posture, and being utterly convincing at every stage. He seems without vanity and with no need to be loved by the audience, so he embraces the vileness of the character (as in the masterful »

- David Cairns

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Berlin Film Festival to Screen Francesco Rosi’s ‘Uomini Contro’

13 January 2015 2:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival is to pay tribute to the achievements of Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi, who died Saturday at the age of 92.

In his memory, the festival will screen “Uomini Contro” (Many Wars Ago, 1970). Rosi’s anti-war drama takes place on the mountainous Austrian-Italian front during World War I.

“The loss of Francesco Rosi is the loss of an outstanding filmmaker. With their explosive power, Rosi’s films are still persuasive today. His works are classics of politically engaged cinema,” commented Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.

The Berlinale dedicated its 2008 Homage to Rosi, showing 13 of his films and honoring him with the Honorary Golden Bear for his life achievements.

In his works, Rosi reflected critically on political, economic and intellectual developments in Italy, often triggering intense public reactions, the festival said in a statement.

Rosi first found his own personal style and established himself internationally with “Salvatore Giuliano »

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