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Francesco Rosi's
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FROM THE DIRECTOR OF CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI

NEW 4K RESTORATION

Director Francesco Rosi
Cast Lino Ventura, Max von Sydow, Fernando Rey
Screenplay Tonino Guerra, Lino Iannuzzi, Francesco Rosi, Leonardo Sciascia
Based on Equal Danger by Leonardo Sciascia
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
1976 | Italy | New 4K DCP | Approx. 127 min. | In Italian with English subtitles

“The truth is not always revolutionary.” Slow opening: amid the strikes and demonstrations of Italy’s “Years of Lead,” Judge Charles Vanel (Wages of Fear and Guinness for history’s longest film career), emerging from an eerie tour of Palermo's Convento dei Frati Cappuccini, with its crypt of 8,000 skeletons and mummified bodies, is shot dead in broad daylight. But as inspector Lino Ventura (hardest of Frances’s hommes durs — in a rare instance, here acting in his native language) is on the case; and as the judges keep dropping—one in a building with Ventura—he sees a pattern: judges all acquainted, “botched” cases. Could this be a railroaded man’s vengeance? Or is it something more? And after demotion and his own wiretapping, Ventura confronts the startling philosophy of Supreme Court judge Max von Sydow, and… From the novel by Leonardo Sciascia.

Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at L’immagine Ritrovata Laboratory and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation

A PARK CIRCUS RELEASE.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Reviews

“ELEGANTLY COMPOSED, BREATHLESSLY PACED.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“A dazzling example of fashionably radical Italian filmmaking— photographed in the beautiful, drained colors of a landscape in mourning for the sun.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“What impresses most are scenes displaying Rosi’s bravura: an obsessive judge shot in his tomb-like mansion; a party calculatedly shocking in its lavishness; Ventura alone in his flat when the horror of his discovery hits him. The photography serves perfectly the growing sense of unease, and Ventura is as quietly excellent as ever.”
– Chris Petit, Time Out

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