Ivo Garrani

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Excellent Cadavers, directed by Ricky Tognazzi

Not the Francesco Rosi film of the same name, but a TV movie directed by Ricky Tognazzi detailing Judge Giovanni Falcone’s battle against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Adua e la campagne

Here’s a really very good example of the Italian new wave cinema that came out during the late fifties and early 60s, spearheaded by the likes of Pasolini and Bertolucci, and also including the likes of Mauro Bolognini, Elio Petri, Franco Rossi and Valerio Zurlini.

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Gobbo, Il

Despite its wartime setting, Il gobbo deserves consideration in any study of Italian crime cinema. Not only was it directed by Carlo Lizzani, who would go on to become one of the leading lights of the genre as the 1960s progressed, but also – with its outlaw protagonist, breakneck pacing and realistic backdrop – it exerted a huge influence on numerous films to follow.