Shooting the Mafia

2019

Shooting the Mafia

Critics Consensus

It may not peer as closely or inquisitively as it could have, but Shooting the Mafia pays affectionate tribute to an important -- and fascinating -- subject.

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Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to abandon traditional family life and become a photojournalist in the 1970s--the first female photographer to be employed by an Italian daily newspaper--Battaglia found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy's recent history. She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life--from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens--to tell the narrative of how the community she loved in her native Palermo was forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra. Weaving together Battaglia's striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old's own memories, Shooting the Mafia paints a portrait of a remarkable woman whose whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia's brutal crimes.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (11)

  • By the end of Longinotto's inspiring film, you'll understand Letizia's former lovers who just couldn't stay away: it's all too easy to fall in love with her spirit.

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's a fascinating movie about the Sicilian mafia sitting somewhere inside this patchwork documentary portrait of the veteran Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia.

    December 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Kim Longinotto tells the revealing story of the courageous Italian photographer and photojournalist Letizia Battaglia...

    November 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Initially feels like something a bit different for the director, but the subject matter is fascinating.

    November 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The unfocused yet still engaging documentary "Shooting the Mafia" is a compelling curiosity.

    November 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You'll come out of the film knowing as much about the Sicilian Mafia - maybe more - than the photographer who made her name shooting it.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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