Francesco Rosi

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Birth Name: Francesco Rosi
Born: 11/15/1922
Birth Place: Italy

Rosi made a solid, if unexceptional, solo directing debut with the Neapolitan gangster film, "The Challenge" (1958), but landed squarely in the international spotlight with 1961's "Salvatore Guiliano". The film is an oblique, quasi-documentary account of a real-life Sicilian bandit, told largely in flashbacks and featuring, in true neorealist style, a non-professional cast shot almost entirely on location. It earned critical plaudits, including the Silver Bear at Berlin, and stirred considerable controversy for pointing out--as have several of Rosi's films--the explicit links between Mafia and state. The director continued in a similar vein with "Hands Over the City" (1963), a powerful expos... Continue Bio >>

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