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Excellent Cadavers (In un altro paese)

Excellent Cadavers (In un altro paese) (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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Take a revealing look at the infamous, 1980s-era Maxi-Trials that took place in Palermo, Italy in this chronicle of the Italian Mafia based on the book by author Alexander Stille and featuring the shocking photography of Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia. In the beginning the Cosa Nostra only killed their own, but at the dawn of the seventies the notorious criminal organization also began targeting prosecutors, judges, and anyone else who dared to question their violent ways. Now true

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Feb 19, 2008

First Run/Icarus Films

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Within 20 minutes, all the accumulated romance of scores of Mafia epics washes away, and all the accumulated nonsense about 'men of honor' and 'men of respect' circles the drain.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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In showing all the stuff that the History Channel discreetly edits out, Excellent Cadavers dismantles the celluloid romanticizing of the Mafia.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This gripping Italian documentary (2005) recounts the decadelong campaign by magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino to break the back of the Sicilian Mafia.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A rich mine of information on a subject about which it is sometimes too easy to be superficial.

September 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Marco Turco's film is a thorough, journalistic examination that is ultimately as horrifying as it is informative.

July 25, 2006
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Anyone with the slightest interest in mob entertainment -- from The Godfather to The Sopranos -- should check out Marco Turco's grimly compelling documentary

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Bittersweet bio-pic pays tribute to two a couple of Italian prosecutors crazy enough to take on the mob.

February 18, 2008 Full Review Source: EURWeb
EURWeb

Every history book has a mundane chapter you don't want to study that will still be covered on the final exam.

June 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Despite new leadership in this country of great wines, world-leading design, and art both classical and modern (including fimmaking), the pattern seems to say that Italy is destined to live with the corruption that rules the corridors of power.

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

The story is both heartening and heartbreaking.

July 15, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

It shows the Cosa Nostra as the unstoppable and infinitely adaptable virus it is, and serves as a good entree to Stille's far more thorough book.

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Too many frames of this documentary are devoted to narrator Stille paging through archives or walking in front of or into ornate buildings.

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Marco Turco's absorbing and gut-wrenching look on the Sicilian Mafia and the Italian government's attempts to crush it is essential viewing for anyone interested in recent Italian history.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The cockroach-like resilience of the Sicilian Mafia is examined with careful calculation in this passionate but ultimately resigned documentary.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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