Salvatore Giuliano

Synopsis: In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems. The film moves back and forth between the late 1940s, when Giuliano and other reprobates were recruited by separatist politicians to do their fighting, and the days leading up to and following Giuliano's death. After Sicily's self-rule is declared, will the outlaws be pardoned as promised? And why does Giuliano order his gang to fire on a peaceful May Day rally? Police, Carabinieri, and Mafia have their uses for him. There's a trial after his death: will the truth come out or does the code of silence help protect those in power?
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Director(s): Francesco Rosi
Production: Criterion Collection
  6 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

"This film was shot in Sicily.

In Montelepre, where Salvatore

Giuliano was born.

In the houses, roads, and mountains

where he reigned for seven years.

In the house in Castelvetrano,

where the outlaw spent his last months,

and in the courtyard where

his lifeless body was found one morning. "

In the year 1950, on this fifth day

ofJuly, in Castelvetrano,

on the Via Fra' Serafino Mannone,

in the De Maria courtyard,

lies a male corpse,

apparent age 30 years,

lying in a prone position,

with the left leg extended

and the right leg bent

at nearly a right angle.

The right arm is extended with clenched

fist, and the left is under the chest.

The left cheek lies on the ground.

You mean "rests" on the ground.

Very well. Correct that.

He was wearing the following:

a white cotton undershirt,

a brown leather belt

with gold buckle and pistol holster,

a pair of canvas,

khaki-colored trousers,

striped cotton socks,

civilian sandals with crepe sole.

From the right ring finger

I have recovered

a white metal ring

with a single diamond.

In the trouser pocket I found

a ten-lire bill,

and a photograph

of an as yet unidentified person.

No pictures.

Reporters and photographers

may enter now.

Easy, easy.

His undershirt is soaked with blood,

but there's little on the ground.

It must be underneath him.

Carnemolla, take a picture from above.


- Your Excellence.

- Let's keep the photos to a minimum,

and get rid of them quickly.

Gentlemen, that's enough now.

Time to go. You heard him.

You, too!

Gentlemen, close the windows.

Ever since the Allies'arrival

in 1943;

there had raged in Sicily

a passion for separatism.

MIS was the separatist party

that wished to unite the region;

and EVIS was its military arm.

The Americans; the English; landowners

and the Mafia supported the movement.

Many died in skirmishes between

separatists and offiicers of the law.

On September 30; 1945;

the first CLN government

ordered the arrest of the leaders

of the independence movement.:

Finocchiaro Aprile and Varvaro.

We should have achieved independence

before the war ended on the mainland.

Then the government would have been

faced with a fait accompli.

Now it's useless.

The situation gets worse every day.

Either we give up, or we stage

an insurrection right now.

Who's going to stage the revolution?

A bunch of kids?

Right now there are 37 bands

of outlaws in Sicily. Thirty-seven!

They have enough weapons

to fill an arsenal.

And they're not all escaped convicts.

Most of them are victims

of injustice, ignorance and poverty.

They're just waiting for a chance

to get back to civilian life.

That's enough. You know most of us

are against what you propose.

- Talking has gotten us nowhere.

- All right then.

We set up an independent combat unit

and absolve the party

of all responsibility.

Enough of this crap!

Who did Garibaldi use to liberate

Sicily from the Bourbons?

He used the picciotti.

And who were they?

Escapees and bandits.

Sir, we'll have to walk.

That was the agreement.

As long as it's not too far.

No, it's nearby.

October 1945.

Case Vecchie di Sagana;

a few miles from Montelepre.

Representatives of EVIS seek out

the outlaw Giuliano

to offer him the rank of colonel;

the battle flag of EVIS;

and the promise that his name would be

cleared once the separatists have won.

- Where's Turiddu?

- Inside.

Let's go.

Salvatore Giuliano was then 23.

He had become an outlaw at 21.

Caught delivering two sacks of grain

to the black market; he fled;

killed a carabiniere;

and managed to reach the mountains.

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Suso Cecchi D'Amico

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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