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Salvatore Giuliano restored in cinemas and on dual format in September

11 September 2014

Arrow Video has announced a limited theatrical run of the upcoming Blu-ray & DVD release Salvatore Giuliano, one of the undisputed classics of Italian 1960s cinema. The film will open in select cinemas across the UK on 26th September before being released in a new digital transfer on Blu-ray and DVD on 29th September 2014 at the RRP of £24.99.

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?

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. Filming in the exact locations and utilising court reports as primary source material, Rosi mainly cast local Sicilians, some of whom knew Giuliano personally. The only professional actors were Frank Wolff (Once Upon a Time in the West) and Salvo Randone (L’Assassino).

Stunningly shot by Gianni di Venanzo (Fellini’s ), the film was immediately hailed as a masterpiece, with Sight & Sound calling it "one of the most courageous things the Italian cinema has ever attempted." More recently, Martin Scorsese cited it as one of his twelve favourite films, and his Film Foundation sponsored this sparkling new 4K restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna.

The disc will also include the 55-minute documentary The Filmmaker and the Labyrinth alongside three shorter interviews which are all exclusive to Arrow Video and were shot in July and August of this year. Each interview looks at Salvatore Giuliano from three contrasting but complementary perspectives: the film’s director Francesco Rosi discusses the film itself, the real-life Salvatore Giuliano’s nephew Giuseppe talks about the man in the context of Sicilian politics, and journalist and Sicilian Mafia specialist Attilio Bolzoni looks at the links between Giuliano and the Mafia. This supplementary material should allow viewers to not just learn about Rosi’s films but also the historical backdrop to the film (which is further explored in the booklet).

Special features will include:

  • The Filmmaker and the Labyrinth, Roberto Andò’s documentary study of Francesco Rosi’s career featuring the filmmaker himself, Martin Scorsese and Giuseppe Tornatore among others

  • Francesco Rosi on Salvatore Giuliano, a new and exclusive interview with the great Italian director

  • The Sicilian Robin Hood: an interview with Salvatore Giuliano’s nephew Giuseppe

  • Salvatore Giuliano and the Mafia: an interview with journalist and Sicilian Mafia expert Attilio Bolzoni

  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw

  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone, an annotated synopsis by Ben Lawton, plus a selection of contemporary reviews