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The legal death : Giuliano Montaldo talks about the genesis of the movie “Sacco e Vanzetti"

The legal death : Giuliano Montaldo talks about the genesis of the movie “Sacco e Vanzetti"

Documentary | Italian | 53 minutes


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Besetzung und Crew


Silvia Giulietti, Giotto Barbieri


Giuliano Montaldo, Vera Pescarolo, Ennio Morricone, Mario Sesti, Lorenzo TIbaldo, Luigi Botta

die Vorschau


Boston, Massachusetts, 1920.

Two Italians, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were sentenced to death, the only crime they were guilty of was of being anarchists.

The whole world stood up, the people crowded into the town squares, not just the lives of two men were at stake but also the beliefs which they represented.

Millions of voices in many languages were raised in protest. They sought justice for Sacco and Vanzetti, but nothing could save their lives.

In August 23th, 1927 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed by electric chair, becoming martyrs and icons of freedom.

Almost fifty years later, in 1971, the Italian director Giuliano Montaldo made a film about their unbelievable story. “Sacco e Vanzetti” immediately became a manifesto against intolerance, injustice and the death penalty. It was a huge international success.

The soundtrack “Here’s to you” by Ennio Morricone and Joan Baez became an anthem of freedom and the defence of human rights, raising awareness among young people all over the world.

Because of the film, a Committee was created, and in 1977, Michael Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts, declared the rehabilitation of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and their complete innocence to the world.

In 2017, 90 years after the execution, and 50 years after the rehabilitation, the Montaldo movie has been restored.

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