Tuesday, 30 April
Sacco and Vanzetti
For Julian Assange
SACCO AND VANZETTI 1971 Directed by Giuliano Montaldo 125 minutes In Italian with English subtitles
This flick is one of the great examples of dramatically-charged Italian cinema. It came from the 1970s, when cinema was fused with real life and people felt responsible for the world around them. It's based on a true story that happened in the United States in 1920, but the film remains totally relevant to what is happening today on so many fronts. For one thing, it is about the huge anti-immigration resentment that is buried deep in the American psyche. The other reason it remains topical is that it shows how the American government targets people, creates smear campaigns to demonize them, and once public opinion is against their victims, they are able to do what they want with them. It's called 'character assassination' and it is happening all the time... for example, in Venezuela at this moment, and also with the case of Julian Assange. People who don't know the context of events today are automatically confused about so many issues, and the importance of a film like this is to give a historical perspective.
This movie stars the legendary Gian Maria Volontè (A Fistful of Dollars) in one of his most powerful performances as Bart Vanzetti. The story revolves around two Italian immigrants who were politically active and therefore set up on false murder charges. This was at a time when the rage against 'dirty Italians' was strong, just as it is today with the problems at the Mexican border. Even though the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti was shot full of contradictions, both men would be executed in the electric chair. This film brings up a lot of moral issues, and it questions the idea of democracy in a society based on money, a biased media, and a ruling class elite. The music soundtrack is absolutely thunderous - sung by Joan Baez and composed by Ennio Morricone. It's considered to be one of his best scores, and even musician Scott Walker did his own version of the theme song. A riveting flick, based on real events, about how the justice and legal system can be used to target anyone it wants to dispose of.
This will be a high-definition screening.
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- 3-5 €