In 1945 New York Governor Dewey expels from the U.S. Salvatore Lucania, known as Charles "Lucky" Luciano (Gian Maria Volonté), the undisputed boss of Italian-American crime since 1931. In Italy, Luciano lived in Naples as a quiet and distinguished gentleman, but in reality he was the head of international drug traffic. Luciano’s drug trafficking history unleashed a controversy at the United Nations, between the American and the Italian delegates. Luciano, considered to have been the most powerful American Mafia boss of all time, died of a heart attack at the Naples airport in 1962, where he was meeting a producer who wanted to make a movie on his life story. (35mm presentation)
Thanks to Istituto Luce Cinecittà. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata in association with The Film Foundation and Cristaldi Films. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation. Print courtesy of The Film Foundation Conservation Collection at the Academy Film Archive.
Francesco Rosi, Palme d’Or-Winning Italian director dies on January 10 at 92.