Thursday, July 29, 2010

Marco Turco

Excellent Cadavers (2005) is director Marco Turco's adaptation of Alexander Stille's book about the Italian Mafia. Stille himself is woven into the storytelling: he narrates, converses with friends (such as photographer Letizia Battaglia, top still), visits crime scenes (also shown in bloody archival footage), and searches for evidence in libraries. The two dead heroes of the film, anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone (middle) and Paolo Borsellino (bottom still), were assassinated after putting hundreds of organized crime suspects on trial. The film leaves open the question of whether or not they died in vain.
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