The Legal Death

The Legal Death

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Boston, Massachusetts, 1920. Two Italians, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were sentenced to death, the only crime they were guilty of was being anarchists. The whole world stood up. The people crowded into the town squares, not just the lives of two men were at stake but also the beliefs they represented. Millions of voices in many languages were raised in protest. They sought justice for Sacco and Vanzetti, but nothing could save their lives. August 23rd, 1927. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed by electric chair, becoming martyrs and icons of freedom. Almost fifty years later, in 1971, the Italian director Giuliano Montaldo made a film about their unbelievable story. “Sacco e Vanzetti” immediately became a manifesto against intolerance, injustice, and the death penalty. It was a huge international success. The soundtrack “Here’s to you” by Ennio Morricone and Joan Baez became an anthem of freedom and the defense of human rights, raising awareness among young people worldwide. Because of the film, a Committee was created. In 1977, Michael Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts, declared the rehabilitation of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and their complete innocence to the world. In 2017, 90 years after the execution, and 50 years after the rehabilitation, the Montaldo movie has been restored.
Starring Ennio Morricone, Luigi Botta, Giuliano Montaldo
Director Silvia Giulietti, Giotto Barbieri