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Italian Directors - Francesco Rosi

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Salvatore Giuliano
Francesco Rosi
Francesco Rosi (Christ Stopped at Eboli) delves into the tragic life of Mafia leader Salvatore Guiliano in this gritty, realistic drama filmed on the same Sicilian streets where the young Guiliano was gunned down at the age of 27. Told in flashbacks, the film examines the relationship between Sicily's people, the government, the Mafia and the military as it charts Guiliano's evolution from a rebel who fought political corruption into a dangerous leader of organized crime. "A fascinating study of the tentacles of crime" (Derek Malcolm, The Guardian). In Italian with optional English subtitles. The DVD is a Criterion Collection Edition, and includes an audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; interviews with Francesco Rosi and film critic/author Tullio Kezich; written tributes to Rosi by Martin Scorsese, Federico Fellini, and Francis Ford Coppola; a new essay by film historian and critic Michel Ciment; the original theatrical trailer; Francesco Rosi, a 55-minute documentary made for Italian television surveying the director's career to date, featuring footage of Rosi at home and on location, with special appearances by directors Giuseppe Tornatore and Scorsese; and more. Italy, 1961, 125 mins.
DVD | $59.95  


Italian Directors - Francesco Rosi


Christ Stopped at Eboli
Francesco Rosi
Rosi's brilliant film stars Gian Maria Volonte as Carlo Levi, a political exile banished to a village in southern Italy by Mussolini, where he experiences the alien world of poverty and despair. A deeply moving film full of faith in human values, and a subtly critical portrait of modern Italy. Co-written by Tonino Guerra (Ulysses' Gaze, L'Avventura). Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1979, 150 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Hands Over the City
Francesco Rosi
Rod Steiger gives a towering performance as an avaricious land developer seeking to make a killing in post-war Italian real estate speculation in this shrewd work of social realism. By manipulating government officials through bribery and blackmail, Edoardo Nottola (Steiger) positions himself to reap the rewards of a shady land grab, until a Communist board member interferes to block the deal. Directed by Francesco Rosi (Christ Stopped at Eboli), the film co-stars Salvo Randone and Guido Alberti. The DVD is a 2 disc Criterion Collection Edition, and includes Neapolitan Diary (Francesco Rosi, 1992, 82 mins.), video interviews with Rosi, film critic Tullio Kezich, and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin, video discussion with Rosi, co-writer Raffaele La Capria, and film critic Michel Ciment, essay by Stuart Klawams, and a 2003 interview with Rosi. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1963, 100 mins.
DVD | $59.95  

Salvatore Giuliano
Francesco Rosi
Francesco Rosi (Christ Stopped at Eboli) delves into the tragic life of Mafia leader Salvatore Guiliano in this gritty, realistic drama filmed on the same Sicilian streets where the young Guiliano was gunned down at the age of 27. Told in flashbacks, the film examines the relationship between Sicily's people, the government, the Mafia and the military as it charts Guiliano's evolution from a rebel who fought political corruption into a dangerous leader of organized crime. "A fascinating study of the tentacles of crime" (Derek Malcolm, The Guardian). In Italian with optional English subtitles. The DVD is a Criterion Collection Edition, and includes an audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; interviews with Francesco Rosi and film critic/author Tullio Kezich; written tributes to Rosi by Martin Scorsese, Federico Fellini, and Francis Ford Coppola; a new essay by film historian and critic Michel Ciment; the original theatrical trailer; Francesco Rosi, a 55-minute documentary made for Italian television surveying the director's career to date, featuring footage of Rosi at home and on location, with special appearances by directors Giuseppe Tornatore and Scorsese; and more. Italy, 1961, 125 mins.
DVD | $59.95  

Three Brothers
Francesco Rosi
A moving portrait of three brothers of modern Italy, and of faith and hope. The brothers, who have been separated by work and life, return home to their small village following the death of their mother. "A film of quiet reflection and strengthening resolve...Rosi's deep-focus camera work spins a vivid, lyrical drama of regret and rebirth, abstract ethics and pinpoint sensuality" (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader). With Philippe Noiret, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Michele Placido and Charles Vanel. The DVD is letterboxed and includes filmographies, biographies, and an essay on the political context of the film. Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1980, 113 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

The Truce
Francesco Rosi
From the celebrated director of Hands over the City and The Mattei Affair comes this adaptation of The Reawakening, Italian author Primo Levi's autobiographical book about his release from Auschwitz and his struggle to regain his love of life. John Turturro plays the author in this reflective, serious feature. "…Turturro gives what may be the screen performance of his career" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times). Winner of four David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. In English. Italy, 1996, 117 mins.
DVD | $44.95