Roberta Torre’s Angela is based on a true story about a woman who ran a business that was a front for drug trafficking, the shoe boxes in Angela’s store contained little “bonuses” heroin, with the fine Italian leather. When she falls for one of her mafia boss husband’s employees, things get complicated.
Filmed with the cameras close to the characters, following their every move and catching every nibble of a fingernail and dart of the eye, the dialogue is authentic, the characters talk like real people, as if it had not been scripted at all.
It took five minutes of fact checking after watching Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo to find that this docudrama is as much “docu” as it is “drama”, and while it may seem like the movie is one big conspiracy theory, this amazing story of Italian politics is not a piece of fiction. This is Italy’s Watergate – with a lot more blood – and it makes for a shocking and compelling movie.
Watch it and find out why the film’s subject,92 year Giulio Andreotti, the seven time Italian prime minister (Richard Nixonesque in more ways than one), walked out of the movie’s premier.
This is the biography of Renato Vallanzasca, the Milanese organized crime head who in the 1970s and early ’80s and embarrassed the Italian police before his final apprehension and multiple life sentences (with an additional 290 years). He’s also famous for appealing to the public for sympathy and controlling his image with the media.
Starring Kim Rossi Stewart as Vallanzasca (he won the Nastro d’argento for best actor in this role) ,Filippo Timi as his traitorous friend, and Valeria Golino.
La Scorta is “the escort”, rather 4 escorts, police officers chosen to protect mafia judges in Sicily – maybe the most dangerous jobs on the planet. In La Scorta, a judge and his “scorta” are assassinated and a new one arrives to take his place. Judge de Francesco is honest and determined and the escorts that who have been assigned to him come to respect him and share his cause in a way that makes it seem like it’s them against the world as they begin to unravel the web of government corruption that they’re discovering. The judge tells his four escorts, “You’re the only ones that I trust”.
An unlikely heroine, The Sicilian Girl was the loving daughter of an old school mafia boss who’d been murdered by rival mafia members. It’s based on the real life story of Rita Atria, whose courageous testimony has put dozens of mafiosi in jail and provoked violence that rocked ( and continues to rock ) all of Italy.
The director, Marco Amenta, told this story previously in the form of a documentary, and this movie in some ways has the feel of one. Though he changed the names and some small details, he remains true to the essence of Rita’s young life. Rita, at 18 years old, left everything she knew to go to Rome to testify against the most powerful Mafia bosses in Sicily. If only as a fact based account of the Mafia, La Siciliana Ribelle would have been worth watching, but there is so much more to it.