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Salvatore Giuliano

Francesco Rosi

Salvatore Giuliano (Criterion DVD)


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  • Italy
  • 1961
  • 125 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #228

July 5, 1950—Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano’s bullet-riddled corpse is found facedown in a courtyard in Castelvetrano, a handgun and rifle by his side. Local and international press descend upon the scene, hoping to crack open the true story behind the death of this young man, who, at the age of twenty-seven, had already become Italy’s most wanted criminal and celebrated hero. Filming in the exact locations and enlisting a cast of native Sicilians once impacted by the real Giuliano, director Francesco Rosi harnessed the facts and myths surrounding the true story of the bandit’s death to create a startling exposé of Sicily and the tangled relations between its citizens, the Mafia, and government officials. A groundbreaking work of political filmmaking, Salvatore Giuliano established Rosi’s reputation and assured his place in cinema history.


President of the Court of AssizeSalvo Randone
Gaspare PisciottaFrank Wolff
Salvatore GiulianoPietro Cammarata
ReporterSennuccio Benelli
Minor OfficialGiuseppe Calandra
FrancescoMax Cartier
BanditFernando Cicero
SpyBruno Ukmar
Frank ManninoCosimo Torino
Pisciotta’s defense counselFederico Zardi
Residents of Castelvetrano, Montelepre, and Palermo, SicilyThemselves


DirectorFrancesco Rosi
ProducerFranco Cristaldi
ScreenplayFrancesco Rosi
In collaboration withSuso Cecchi D'Amico, Enzo Provenzale and Franco Solinas
Director of photographyGianni Di Venanzo
Production managerEnzo Provenzale
EditingMario Serandrei
MusicPiero Piccioni
First assistant directorsFranco Indovina and Fernando Cicero
Second assistant directorRoberto Pariante
Camera operatorPasquale De Santis
Additional cameraTullio Kezich and Lina Wertmüller
SoundClaudio Majelli
Production designSergio Canevari and Carlo Egidi
CostumesMarilù Carteny
Production inspectorsLuciano Cattania, Aldo Pace and Bruno Sassaroli
Production secretaryLamberto Pippia

Disc Features


  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored picture and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Witness to the Times, a new discussion with director Francesco Rosi and film critic Tullio Kezich
  • Il cineasta e il labirinto, a 55-minute documentary directed by Roberto Andò showing Rosi revisiting his life and career in cinema, with personal comments by directors Giuseppe Tornatore, Martin Scorsese, and others
  • Excerpt of an Italian newsreel from July 12, 1950, reporting the shocking death of the infamous and charismatic bandit Salvatore Giuliano
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: written tributes by Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, and Martin Scorsese as well as a new essay by writer Michel Ciment

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

Salvatore Giuliano

By Michel CimentFebruary 23, 2004

With Salvatore Giuliano (1961), Francesco Rosi developed the style and method that would make . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

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Rosi Gets His Due

August 03, 2010

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Remembering Suso Cecchi D’Amico

By Antonio MondaAugust 02, 2010

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Film Essays

Salvatore Giuliano

By Michel CimentFebruary 23, 2004

With Salvatore Giuliano (1961), Francesco Rosi developed the style and method that would make . . . Read more »