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Commedia all'italiana | Feature
D Alberto Lattuada | Italy, 1962
L Italian
Tags: 35 mm, Auteur, Black and White, Black Comedy, Celluloid, Retrospective, Satire

"A decade before Coppola's hit, Mafioso took on the mob and how." – Village Voice

Italian comic great Alberto Sordi ("an irrepressible mixture of clown, blowhard and matinee idol" , according to the New York Times) plays a southerner made good in Italy's modern north. When he takes his blonde bombshell wife and children back to his Sicilian village for a holiday, his joy at being surrounded by family and the scenery he so missed takes a turn for the sinister when the local don asks for a favour to be returned.

Bouncing between devastatingly funny crime comedy, fish-out-of-water satire and mob farce, Mafioso is packed with eye-popping details, exhilarating mood switches and tons of Italian hospitality, southern style.

"Shot with a sun-bleached brightness, and with such an aromatic sense of place that you want to climb into the movie." – Roger Ebert

For further information on Mafioso, read the Senses of Cinema dossier

D Alberto Lattuada P Tonino Cervi, Dino De Laurentiis S Rafael Azcona, Bruno Caruso, Marco Ferreri, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli WS Tamasa Distribution L Italian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1962

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