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A Man for Burning

A brave leader organises Sicilian peasants against the local Mafia.

Drama 1962 90 mins Not rated

Director: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani and Valentino Orsini



Following a series of acclaimed shorts and a documentary, the Taviani Brothers’ narrative feature debut was co-directed with early collaborator Valentino Orsini. Set in rural Sicily, this powerful drama depicts the real-life story of a union organiser who attempts to lead peasant farmers in revolt against the local Mafia. In its cinematic sweep and gritty authenticity, the film evinces the influence of Roberto Rossellini.