Il Traditore (The Traitor)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Il Traditore is a big, handsomely shot, true-crime gangster movie, reflecting more than 30 years from the early 70s to the late 90s, scripted by Bellocchio with screenwriters Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi and Francesco Piccolo.
The subject is Italy’s sensational anti-Mafia trial of 1986, in which hundreds of Sicilian mobsters were convicted, on the testimony of a tiny number of high-up informers, of whom the most important was Tommaso Buscetta, a bulkily intimidating, charismatic presence portrayed by Italian character actor Pierfrancesco Favino. He was the important Cosa Nostra guy who astonished everyone by committing the ultimate sin: treason. He snitched to the cops. It was something that made him lower than the low: hated not merely by the police and the media but by his own people, too. The film tells Buscetta’s story, flashing backward and forward between his life as a young Palermo guy starting out in crime, to the elderly, morose type in a witness-protection plan in the United States, paranoically buying semi-automatics at the local supermarket because they were on a special discount.
NOTE: The film is in Italian with ENGLISH subtitles.
After the viewing there will be a light reception for a discussion of the film.
Official trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQF1uhlQH5s