The Traitor Reviews

  • Jul 18, 2019

    The movie is quite good, and it covered the most important court room proceedings of any trial since Nuremberg. The American audience may want to familiarize itself with the material before watching, viewing _Excellent Cadavers_ with Alexander Stille, for instance - or reading wikipedia articles on Buscetta, Toto' Riina, and Giovanni Falcone. The film is a look at why Buscetta would turn informer, and what the consequences were. It also delves into the manipulation and pressure he faced as part of omerta'. Doesn't paint Buscetta a hero, which is good, but could be seen as a bit glamourizing. There are also unnecessary sex scenes, but that seems to be irresistible temptation for many Italian directors. I don't understand critics sounding-off against the long court-room scenes - those are actually the core of the movie. The exchange between Calo' and Buscetta is outstanding, and the Cotorno's testimony is full of humor a Sicilian would appreciate. This is an important film for understanding the mob, and understanding the psychology of those who turn informer. I recommend viewing it while informed. Bellocchio is a master of cinema, and no one's cinematic education is complete without seeing a few of his master works - this is one of them.

    The movie is quite good, and it covered the most important court room proceedings of any trial since Nuremberg. The American audience may want to familiarize itself with the material before watching, viewing _Excellent Cadavers_ with Alexander Stille, for instance - or reading wikipedia articles on Buscetta, Toto' Riina, and Giovanni Falcone. The film is a look at why Buscetta would turn informer, and what the consequences were. It also delves into the manipulation and pressure he faced as part of omerta'. Doesn't paint Buscetta a hero, which is good, but could be seen as a bit glamourizing. There are also unnecessary sex scenes, but that seems to be irresistible temptation for many Italian directors. I don't understand critics sounding-off against the long court-room scenes - those are actually the core of the movie. The exchange between Calo' and Buscetta is outstanding, and the Cotorno's testimony is full of humor a Sicilian would appreciate. This is an important film for understanding the mob, and understanding the psychology of those who turn informer. I recommend viewing it while informed. Bellocchio is a master of cinema, and no one's cinematic education is complete without seeing a few of his master works - this is one of them.