The Mattei Affair

The Mattei Affair

Directed by Francesco Rosi • 1972 • Italy
Starring Gian Maria Volontè, Luigi Squarzina, Peter Baldwin

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Francesco Rosi’s gripping docufiction conspiracy puzzle unfolds in a complex flashback structure as it recounts the life and mysterious death of Enrico Mattei (brilliantly played by the great Gian Maria Volontè). One of postwar Italy’s most powerful and controversial figures, Mattei was the head of the state-owned energy company who championed domestic development and resisted the influence of the American oil monopoly—and whose death in a never-explained plane crash many believe was an assassination.

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The Mattei Affair
  • The Mattei Affair

    Directed by Francesco Rosi • 1972 • Italy
    Starring Gian Maria Volontè, Luigi Squarzina, Peter Baldwin

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Francesco Rosi’s gripping docufiction conspiracy puzzle unfolds in a complex flashback structure as it recounts the life and mysterious death of Enrico Mattei...