Lucky Luciano

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Rosi's characteristic dossier on power and corruption tracks the enigmatic figure of repatriated Mafioso gangster Luciano through the web of political/criminal complicity that set the course of Italy's post-war 'recovery'. While specific judgment on Luciano himself is open-endedly reserved, the evidence adduced from a variety of sources (mosaic-style, with Siragusa, for instance, playing himself as a US Narcotics Bureau investigator) is damningly clear on the way the Americans established the Mafia as a 'friendly' buffer against communist influence, only to later have the worm turn vengefully with a flood of drugs back to the States. Film noir meets the conspiracy thriller in a flurry of masterful set pieces, operatic intensity segues into documentary-like observation of the complex machinery of manipulable power, and Rosi provides a context for the Godfather films which threatens to outdo their own cinematic forcefulness.

By: PT


Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

Francesco Rosi
Francesco Rosi, Lino Jannuzzi, Tonino Guerra
Gian Maria Volonté
Rod Steiger
Edmond O'Brien
Charles Siragusa
Vincent Gardenia
Charles Cioffi
Silverio Blasi
Jacques Monod
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