Archive of films We Still Kill the Old Way / A ciascuno il suo

1967, 93 min

Section: Tribute to Elio Petri
Year: 2014

Two men are shot during a hunt near an Italian seaside village. Their fellow citizens, whose behavior and very consciousness are thoroughly permeated by the existence of the Mafia, consider the murder a crime of passion. Idealistic Prof. Laurana (Gian Maria Volonté), however, willfully puts forth another theory. A mystery based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia, the film was awarded Best Screenplay at Cannes.


"Here we still kill in the old way,” states one of the characters about halfway through the film. By "here” he is referring to a typical Sicilian seaside village and indirectly to the status quo the Mafia established decades earlier on Italy’s biggest island. Based on the novel of the same name by Leonardo Sciascia, this austere and hard-hitting picture (a marked divergence from the pop-art extravagance of The 10th Victim) uses its criminal plot (the mysterious murder of two men during a hunt) as a vehicle to investigate Petri’s aversion to the injustice, intimidation, and conspiracy of a society that harkens back to the feudal order. Idealistic Prof. Laurana (Gian Maria Volonté), who is investigating the murder with obstinant naïveté – an ill-fated combination – indirectly confronts the Mafia as a phenomenon permeating the consciousness and behavior of the entire local population. He suspects that the alleged crime of passion is in reality a political hit but his judgment is clouded by a burgeoning passion for a friend’s widow, a mystery-shrouded "woman in black” (Irene Papas). One of the first Italian films about the Mafia, at Cannes it picked up Best Screenplay for Petri and first-time collaborator Ugo Pirro, who went on to co-author two of the director’s subsequent triumphs: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Working Class Goes to Heaven.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Elio Petri
Director: Elio Petri
Screenplay: Ugo Pirro, Elio Petri podle románu / based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia
Dir. of Photography: Luigi Kuveiller
Music: Luis Bacalov
Editor: Ruggero Mastroianni
Producer: Giuseppe Zaccariello
Production: Cemo Film
Cast: Gian Maria Volonté, Irene Papas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Laura Nucci, Mario Scaccia
Contact: Park Circus Limited, Istituto Luce Cinecitta Srl


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