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Mafioso (1962)

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When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation.

Director:

Alberto Lattuada

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Rafael Azcona (as Raphael Atzcona), Bruno Caruso (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alberto Sordi ... Antonio Badalamenti
Norma Bengell ... Marta
Gabriella Conti Gabriella Conti ... Rosalia
Ugo Attanasio Ugo Attanasio ... Don Vincenzo
Cinzia Bruno Cinzia Bruno ... Donatella
Katiuscia Katiuscia ... Patrizia (as Katiusca Piretti)
Armando Tine Armando Tine ... Dr. Zanchi
Lilly Bistrattin Lilly Bistrattin ... Dr. Zanchi's Secretary
Michèle Bailly Michèle Bailly ... Young Baroness
Francesco Lo Briglio Francesco Lo Briglio ... Don Calogero
Carmelo Oliviero Carmelo Oliviero ... Don Liborio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefano Benigno Stefano Benigno
Paolo Cuccia Paolo Cuccia
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd
Vincenzo Norvese Vincenzo Norvese
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Storyline

Antonio is a jolly and precise guy working for an auto factory in northern Italy. He decides to take his wife and two daughters on vacation to Sicily, so that they can finally see his hometown and meet his family. He's excited to show them around and dispel many of their negative stereotypes about Sicilians. He even dispels stereotypes about the mafia, saying that being a mafioso as a teen amounted to just being a messenger boy. But as Antonio reconnects with his past in Sicily, he finds out that there are more sides to being a Sicilian than he remembers. Written by krasnoludek

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This is the face of a MAFIOSO...sometimes smiling, sometimes savage. Here is the story of a man who returns to his native Sicily for a holiday and finds himself again bound to the silent laws of "The Honored Society."

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | French | German

Release Date:

4 March 1965 (Hungary) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,965, 21 January 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$398,614, 29 July 2007
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Antonio Badalamenti: [Having arrived at his family home in Sicily, greeting his various relatives] Dear Catella! Have you cooked me spaghetti with sardines?
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Sordi goes south
30 September 2006 | by Chris KnippSee all my reviews

Italian cultural icon and cinematic great Alberto Sordi (1920-2003) was in peak form when he starred as Antonio Badalamenti, a Sicilian who's become a successful FIAT executive and efficiency expert in Milan and goes on a two-week vacation to his hometown of Catanao in Sicily with blonde northern wife and two little blonde daughters. Laughs and thrills happen when they're welcomed back into Antonio's family – and the good graces of Mafia boss Don Vincenzo. It turns out Antonio not only owes the Don a favor for getting him the job up north, but is regarded by the local Cosa Nostra as a piciotto d'onore, a kid who distinguished himself in the ranks (maybe you could loosely translate the phrase "good old boy") and he also happens to be the best marksman the town has ever known. What starts out as a broad comedy and a warm social satire on the Italian south turns more serious and intense as the hero fits right in and his initially standoffish wife starts liking the family and bonding with one female member whose beauty she's able to bring out.

Fine writing, direction, and use of locations add up to a seamless film. You're never bored for a minute and most of the time you're hugely entertained, so it makes sense that Mafioso is going to have a revival release in the United States. It's unseen here, not on DVD and would be worth seeing not only for the fun it provides but for the display of Alberto Sordi's range and fluency as an actor. Sordi starred in Fellini's early pair, The White Sheik and I Vitelloni. Andrew Sarris has said Lattuada is "a grossly under-appreciated directorial talent." Il Mafioso shows the writing skills of Marco Ferreri and Rafael Azcona, working with the team known as Age & Scarpelli (Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli). Their screenplay may be tongue-in-cheek, but it nonetheless provides insight into the Mafia, and the film's picture of Sicilian town life (in wonderfully rich grainy black and white, high style for the time) is vivid and authentic-looking and -feeling. Music by Piero Piccioni, another mainstay of Italian cinema (Il bel Antonio, Salvatore Giuliano, Una vita violenta). Produced by Dino De Laurentis with Antonio Cervi; this can also be seen as a product that reflects the energy and spirit of Italy's postwar "economic miracle" period when so much was exciting culturally in the country – cinema, literature, design.

Shown in a handsome new print as part of the 2006 New York Film Festival. I would give this a 9 out of ten but the overall plot somehow seems too incongruous.


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