Excellent Cadavers | Chicago Reader

Excellent Cadavers

Adapting and updating a book by American journalist Alexander Stille, this gripping Italian documentary (2005) recounts the decadelong campaign by magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino to break the back of the Sicilian Mafia. The centerpiece of their prosecution, a giant “maxi-trial” in Palermo, produced hundreds of convictions in the mid-80s but probably cost both men their lives: they died in separate bomb attacks in 1992. Silvio Berlusconi's campaign against the Italian judiciary subsequently gutted many of the legal tools that helped Falcone and Borsellino win their convictions, and the movie leaves little doubt that the Cosa Nostra is still, as one judge puts it, “an organic part of the Italian political structure.” Marco Turco directed. In English and subtitled Italian. 91 min.

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