Salvatore Giuliano (film)

Salvatore Giuliano is a 1962 Italian film directed by Francesco Rosi. Shot in a neo-realist documentary, non-linear style, it follows the lives of those involved with the famous Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano. Giuliano is mostly off-screen during the film and appears most notably as a corpse.

Salvatore Giuliano
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Directed byFrancesco Rosi
Screenplay byFrancesco Rosi
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Enzo Provenzale
Franco Solinas
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
StarringSalvo Randone
Frank Wolff
CinematographyGianni Di Venanzo
Edited byMario Serandrei
Music byPiero Piccioni
Lux Film
Vides Cinematografica
Galatea Film
Distributed byCinema International Corporation
Release date
28 February 1962
Running time
123 minutes
Box office737,084,000[1]


A scene of Salvatore Giuliano

Derek Malcolm called it "almost certainly the best film about the social and political forces that have shaped Sicily, that benighted island."[2] Gino Moliterno argued that "Rosi's highly original strategy in this landmark film is to aim at neither an "objective" journalistic documentary nor a fictional recreation but to employ as wide a range of disparate formal and stylistic elements as necessary to conduct a committed search for the truth that becomes, in a sense, its own narrative."[3]

David Gurevich said that "Rosi marries the neo-realist, black-and-white, populist aesthetic to the mad media circus of La Dolce Vita, tosses in some minimalist alienation from Antonioni, makes the film jump back and forth in time without any markers (so that you realize you're back in the present only a few minutes after you're already in a sequence), and makes his despair so infectious that we would probably be disappointed to know the truth."[4] Terrence Rafferty noted that "Salvatore Giuliano manages to sustain an almost impossible balance of immediacy and reflection: it's such an exciting piece of filmmaking that you might not realize until the end that its dominant tone is contemplative, even melancholy."[5]

Director Martin Scorsese listed Salvatore Giuliano as one of his twelve favorite films of all time.[6]


Known uncredited cast members:[7]


  • Director: Francesco Rosi
  • Writing credits:
    • Suso Cecchi d'Amico
    • Enzo Provenzale
    • Franceso Rosi
    • Franco Solinas
  • Producer: Franco Cristaldi


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Box Office Italia 1962: Il Giorno più Lungo". 2012.
  2. ^ a b Malcolm, Derek (4 January 2001). "Francesco Rosi: Salvatore Giuliano". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  3. ^ Moliterno, Gino (March 2003). "Francesco Rosi". Senses of Cinema. Archived from the original on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  4. ^ a b Gurevich, David (2004). "Salvatore Giuliano". Images Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  5. ^ Rafferty, Terrence (29 February 2004). "The Missing Title Character". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  6. ^ "Scorsese's 12 favorite films". Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Salvatore Giuliano". The Criterion Collection. March 2003. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  8. ^ "Berlinale: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-02-12.


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