- Original title
- Running time
- 108 min.
Gianni Amelio, Vincenzo Cerami, Alessandro Sermoneta (Novel: Leonardo Sciascia)
Gian Maria Volonté,
Erre Produzioni / Istituto Luce / Urania Film / Raidue
Drama | 1930s
- Synopsis / Plot
- On 10 March 1937, in Palermo, the clerk Tommaso Scalia that was the scapegoat for embezzlement in the Confederation Building kills with a bayonet his former chief, the lawyer Spadafora Vincenzo, and his replacement, the accountant Speciale Antonio. Then he drives his car through a lonely road and rapes and executes his wife with a shot on her head. He goes to trial expecting to receive the capital punishment, but Judge Vito Di Francesco that is against the death penalty finds evidences that the murder has a passionate motive. However, the defendant wants to be executed by the firing squad in an eccentric situation.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
: European Film Awards: Best Film, Cinematography, Discovery Award
: David di Donatello Awards: 4 awards, including Best Film. 11 nominations
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