Synopsis: Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. Paolo goes missing the same morning as the murder occurs.
Director(s): Damiano Damiani
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
112 min

The Day of the Owl

aka Mafia


- Stop! Stop immediately!

- What's going on?

- Open up!

- Why have we stopped?

- I told you to open up!

- The door's stuck!

- There's a dead man.

- Dead? Who's dead?

- I don't know him.

- I think I know him from somewhere.


Why didn't you stop after seeing

that dead man'?

- I didn't see him.

- Not true, liar! You slowed down!

- No, I didn't

- Go to hell.

The truck is from the building site.

- But there's blood there...

- Pass me a blanket or a cloth.

- Here you go, Sergeant.

- At the next slop, call the Marshal in town.

Tell him that Salvatore Colasberna

was shot near Fiore.

Is that clear? So, go on!

Get on board! Quickly!

I knew that he'd end up like that.

Some people are dead, even when they're alive.

He said he could live without friends.

And now look at him.

- Who's living in that house?

- Someone called Nicolosi. He's not at home.

He went to work early in the morning.

I spoke to his wife.

She said that she didn't hear the gunshots.

Didn't hear anyone, didn't see anyone,

doesn't know anybody, doesn't go anywhere.

- Hello? Wolf, calling Wolf.

- Roger, Wolf speaking. Tell me, Marshal.

- Give me the Captain.

- Right a way, Marshal.

- When did you find him?

- At 7:

Here in Sicily men kill each other

before sunrise, to get a good start.

They only killed one in the afternoon:

Pistilli, the public notary.

But he used to sleep until late.

Roger! Captain, they've killed

Salvatore Colasberna near Fiore.

- Colasberna? The one from the construction firm?

- Yes, the owner.

Any idea of the motive yet, Marshal?

Perhaps because of the new road'?

It's created a lot of interest recently.

Here's La Stella's building firm.

La Stella is that fat slob who drinks 2 lot.

It's him that built those farmhouses

on marshland.

The house that was smashed by

a cow was built by his firm.

He held a meeting with all the

foremen and said that...

I know, he said 'Whoever builds houses with

concrete instead of sand and cowpat is a fool'.

- Or a cop! - No, no, a fool.

It's very important not to seem a fool.

A fool is almost as bad as being a cuckold -

but a cuckold is the worst of all.

- They're like flies on a corpse.

- They won't find a thing...

That's Pizzuco,

he has a cousin in parliament.

And a criminal record as long

as the road he's building.

- He has a lot of power around here!

- A respected man, eh?

- Exactly that, Captain!

- And where was he yesterday morning at six?

At home. Sleeping, like all the others:

Pizzuco, La Stella, Lancia, Colosimo...

All people who 'made it'... respectable

citizens who don't kill anymore.

Perhaps they'll order a hit... and pay.

Not a lot, but they pay.

Stop... look who's walking around here:

Rosa Nicolosi.

She's the woman who lives

near the scene of the crime.

- What are you doing here, Rosa Nicolosi?

- I was picking some chicory and cabbages.

And with so much land around, why right here?

Why come and look for chicory and

cabbages right here?

And why not?

Am I doing something wrong?

The chicory doesn't belong to anyone,

it's just chicory.

Everything belongs to someone

even the chicory.

Come on, get in the car.

We'll take you to your house.

Don'! be afraid -

we're not taking you to the barracks!

Well? He's talking to you!

Move it!

Come on, get moving.

The shots must have come from there,

just after the bend.

From there, Colasberna was wounded,

and the truck...

probably went on another hundred meters

up to where the jeep is.

That's where the killer caught up

with Colasberna - and it was all over.

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Damiano Damiani

Damiano Damiani (23 July 1922 – 7 March 2013) was an Italian screenwriter, film director, actor and writer. Poet and director Pier Paolo Pasolini referred to him as "a bitter moralist hungry for old purity", while film critic Paolo Mereghetti said that his style made him "the most American of Italian directors".In 1946 Damiano Damiani became part of the so-called Group of Venice with Fernando Carcupino, Hugo Pratt and Dino Battaglia. more…

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