Melbourne Cinematheque- The Politics of Corruption: Francesco Rosi’s Engaged Cinema (week II)

8 May

It’s time for some more post-neo-realist, pseudo-documentary, politically driven cinema!
It’s time for Melbourne Cinematheque!

Salvatore Giuliano (1962) is a non-linear docu-drama that brilliantly highlights Rosi’s use of real-life events and people within a fictional narrative. Here, Rosi focuses on the rise and fall of Sicilian gangster Giuliano who was found shot in a terrace-garden in 1950 at the age of 28. Naturally, things are not as simple as they first appear. Giuliano, along with many others, had been hired by politicians to do their dirty work as they tried to create an independent Sicilian State, promising the gangsters immunity from their crimes. Now these politicians are in power it seems that these promises will not be kept.

Next is Lucky Luciano (1973) wherein Rosi explores the life of Charley ‘Lucky’ Luciano through a series of flash-backs and flash-forwards. Luciano was a Sicilian gangster turned naturalised American who went about killing his rivals and was sent back to Italy so the American government did not have to deal with him. With an outstanding cast, Rosi’s ‘gangster’ film defies all Genre types whilst looking at power, greed and corruption.

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