Sacco e Vanzetti 

Sacco e Vanzetti 

Part of filmmaker Guiliano Montaldo’s trilogy that shines a light on historical abuses of power, this biopic about the politically motivated trial of Italian immigrant anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti premiered in competition at the 24th Cannes Film Festival, where Riccardo Cucciolla won best actor for his portrayal of Sacco. Ennio Morricone’s score for this courtroom docudrama about the notorious Italian anarchists is fleshed out with lyrics for several tracks written and performed by singer-songwriter Joan Baez, who looked to history and the plaque on the Statue of Liberty for inspiration.   

DIRECTED BY: Giuliano Montaldo. WRITTEN BY: Fabrizio Onofri, Giuliano Montaldo, Ottavio Jemma. STORY BY: Fabrizio Onofri, Giuliano Montaldo, Mino Roli. WITH: Gian Maria Volonté, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello. 1971. 125 min. Italy/France. Color. Italian, English. Rated PG. 4K DCP. Courtesy of Cinecittà, 4K digital restoration by Cinecittà in association with Unidis.

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