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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

EXCELLENT CADAVERS (2005)

An excellent, largely straightforward documentary into the workings of the Sicilian Mafia, focusing on the city of Palermo where so many bodies accumulated in the 1970s & 80s. The film, helmed by Marco Turco with a bit more embellishment than needed, is based on the investigative journalism of Alexander Stille who managed to sort out the three-sided war between rival Mafia families; the colluding political parties (local & national); and the twisted response from prosecuting magistrates who were not always fighting for the cause of truth & justice. Two who were, Giovanni Falcone & Paolo Borsellino, are the doomed heroes of the story, men who gave the government all the pieces needed to shut down the mob, but didn’t live to see the way in which indifference & a more subtle manner of influence peddling would erode the progress they had fought so hard for.

NOTE: Don’t confuse this FRF-DVD with the HBO docu-drama, also called EXCELLENT CADAVERS, which stars Chazz Palmenteri & F. Murray Abraham.

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