In Alberto Lattuada's brilliant dark comedy Mafioso, auto-factory foreman Nino (Alberto Sordi) takes his proper, modern wife (Norma Bengell) and two blonde daughters from industrial Milan to antiquated, rural Sicily to visit his family and get back in touch with his roots. But Antonio gets more than he bargained for when he discovers some harsh truths about his ancestors—and himself. One of the first Italian films to look frankly at the Mafia, Lattuada's devastatingly funny character study is equal parts culture-clash farce and existential nightmare.
Theatrical Release: October 25th, 1962
DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Criterion Collection - Spine # 424 - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.63 mb/s
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|Audio||Italian (Dolby Digital mono)|
1996 interview with director Alberto Lattuada by filmmaker Daniele
Superb transfer from Criterion - dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic in the 1.85:1 ratio. Contrast and detail are at Criterion's high standards. I can't add more than just viewing the screen captures below. I, certainly, have no complaints. Typical of Criterion - they offer excellent optional English subtitles and original mono audio.
Supplements are rife with Ritratti D'utore which is Daniele Luchetti's 16 minute entry in the documentary anthology Ritratti D'utore Seconda serie (1966) which profiles the director Alberto Lattuada. There is an 8 minute interview with Carla Del Poggio (Variety Lights, Lost Youth) from 2006 as she remembers her husband, her father Ugo Attanasio and the production of Mafioso. The son of the director, Alessandro Lattuada, is also interviewed for about 8 minutes as he recalls his father's ideas, work and thoughts on Mafioso. We are also treated to a gallery of promotional caricatures (featured in Rialto Picture's promotional art for the film) by artist Keiko Kimura and a little bit about the artist. Also digitally there are trailers for the original Italian release and the 2007 U.S. re-release. Finally there is a 26-page liner notes booklet with new essays by Phillip Lopate and Roberto Chiesi and a 1982 interview with Alberto Lattuada.
I was right in the mood to watch this and enjoyed it immensely. I'm very glad it was Criterion who undertook the DVD process as it is fast becoming a favorite film (I want to enjoy the viewing experience again soon!) - so I guess that means I strongly recommend the wonderful DVD package.