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Bandits of Orgosolo (1961)

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In the harsh granite mountains of the center of the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, an old people live at the town of Orgòsolo. Between the rocks and the oak woods, shepherds ... See full summary »

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Michele Cossu ... Michele Cossu (uncredited)
Peppeddu Cuccu ... Peppeddu Cossu (uncredited)
Vittorina Pisano ... Mintonia (uncredited)
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In the harsh granite mountains of the center of the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, an old people live at the town of Orgòsolo. Between the rocks and the oak woods, shepherds attend their flock of sheep like their fore fathers did since prehistoric times. So do Michele and his younger brother Peppeddu that own a few sheep and make a harsh but honest living selling pecorino cheese. One day arrive three bandits on the run with machine guns and stolen pigs that take a rest at Michele's camp site. When the police arrives a day later, they run and kill a policemen in flight. Michele takes his sheep and escapes in the opposite direction and becomes a fugitive. Hunted by the police, while afraid to stand trial and leave his sheep poorly protected by his young brother, Michele decides to take Peppeddu and his flock over the mountains. Half way his sheep die of exhaustion and thirst, leaving the brothers without living so that nothing remains but returning to Orgòsolo. There they ... Written by SARDARAMAS

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stunning look at peasants' realities
24 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

beautiful opening scene - a chase scene through the woods - terrific black and white photography - down-to-earth story about the down-trodden. have not seen this movie since i projected it in berkeley in '69 or '70. would buy it in a heartbeat if it was on DVD. nobody believes there was an Italian director named de seta, not de sica! the actors are real people - not actors - and do a brilliant job of being "real" without acting to "seem real". the camera work shows off the unsung star of this film - the sardinian landscape in all of its stark beauty.i would absolutely recommend this film (and would love to see it again myself) and think it's a shame that work this good can sink into obscurity.


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