Salvatore Giuliano 1962
5 July 1950. Salvatore Giuliano, Italy's most wanted criminal, is found shot dead in a dusty courtyard. Who killed him, and why? And who was he?

Filming in the exact locations and enlisting a cast of native Sicilians once impacted by the real Giuliano, director Francesco Rosi harnessed the facts and myths surrounding the true story of the bandit's death to create a startling expose of Sicily and the tangled relations between its citizens, the Mafia, and government officials.

The film that made Francesco Rosi's international reputation, this Citizen Kane-style investigative portrait was originally called Sicily 1943-60, as Rosi sought not so much to depict Giuliano himself as the society from which he sprang, in which the police, the carabinieri and the Mafia all have strong vested interests.

BD50, DVD9 | 1080p AVC, PAL | 02:03:56 | 43.5 Gb + 7.85 Gb
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Director: Francesco Rosi
Cast: Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi
Country: Italy
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery


"The Filmmaker and the Labyrinth" documentary (55:06). Filmed in 2004, and directed by Roberto Ando, this is a fascinating look at Francesco Rosi and his films. The man himself is interviewed, as are various family members, colleagues, and people for whom Rosi's work has been an inspiration, such as Martin Scorsese and John Turturro. One of the better parts of this documentary, focuses on how he Rosi left Naples and his work with Visconti.

"Francesco Rosi on Salvatore Giuliano" interview with director Francesco Rosi (12:05). In this interview, Rosi talks about his ideas for the film, why he chose to characterise Giuliano in a particular way, why he cast non-professional actors who would experience feelings once again they had previously, how he put emotions across to the audience through cinematography (or the 'lie of the cinematographer' as he calls it), and the general feelings of those who were involved and how every director wants to achieve realism with regards to emotion.

"The Sicilian Robin Hood" is an interview with Salvatore Giuliano's nephew Guiseppe (14:23). He talks about the legend of his uncle fighting for independence for the Sicilian people, the political movement, how the Sicilian Statute in the Italian Constitution is systematically ignored, and the lack of evidence against Salvatore. Most interesting, is about the exhumation of Salvatore's body in 2010 and how his DNA matches Guiseppe's, but the files relevant to the case will be kept secret by the Italian government until 2016.

"Salvatore Giuliano and the Mafia" interview with journalist and Sicilian Mafia expert Attilio Bolzoni (10:00). In this interview, Bolzoni talks about Giuliano's relationship/ties with the Mafia, how Giuliano got the reputation of being Sicily's Robin Hood, Sicily's independence movement, the Portella della Ginestra massacre, who killed Giuliano, and the relationship between the Ministry and the Mafia.

Theatrical Trailer (4:33)