I mafiosi

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on June 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Titel: I mafiosi 
Production: Italy 1959
Director: Roberto Mauri
Cast: Erno Crisa, Wandisa Guida, Philippe Hersent
Run Time: 82 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English


A lordretsudo project, adding Ganjafarmer’s subtitles to an obscure Italian retail.

“Roberto Mauri was one of the first Italian directors to really home in on the crime flick as populist entertainment, gone is the neo-realism of his peers – here we have a very well photographed film that, perhaps rather surprisingly portrays the Mafia as a group of bandits who come across more like Robin Hood and his merry men than the evil mass murderers every film (after this) would go on to portray them. It is, perhaps, for this very reason that ‘I Mafiosi’ is a film you won’t see in many (any?) reference books.

On the other hand, it’s worth pointing out that Italians (certainly Sicilians) probably didn’t hate the Mafia that much (around the time this film was made) because they tended to help keep law and order in places where there really was no law and order… Times certainly have changed since their days of protecting the lemon and orange groves of Sicily.

My rip from the ultra-obscure Italian retail DVD – once again only available in news stands for a limited period of time. It cost me more than I could afford, but it’s also the only release I know of… I suspect it hasn’t aired much on TV either, if at all.

Random Trivia:

The film co-stars Wandisa Guida, a former Miss Italy at the time.

Director Roberto Mauri also co-stars as ‘Cosimo’

Also stars Walter Brandi, who would go on to appear in lots of vampire flicks not long after…

The minstrel who plays the catchy Mafia themed ballad in the movie probably isn’t very popular now.” ~ganjafarmer


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