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Alberto Lattuada
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Mafioso is a 1962 Italian comedy directed by Alberto Lattuada. The film revolves around Sicilian family man Antonio Badalamenti (Alberto Sordi). Antonio moved from Sicily, where he spent his childhood, to Northern Italy where he now manages an automotive factory. He has a wife (Norma Bengell) and two children, who have never seen the place where he grew up. Antonio decides to take them there on vacation for a few days so that they can meet his family while he catches up with childhood friends. During his stay in Sicily, Antonio discovers some property that he would like to purchase, but has some crime-related problems in doing so. He visits the local crime boss, Don Vincenzo (Ugo Attanasio), who agrees to push the deal through if Antonio is willing to carry out a very risky task for him. The factory manager soon finds himself in a situation in which if he agrees to help, he may be killed during the task, but the Don may kill him if he refuses.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A magnificent film almost no one knows about, this hidden classic offers a wider variety of pleasures than most contemporary works can even aspire to.

  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Mafioso does more than cast its fascinating shadow over "The Godfather." It captures, in a stark yet haunting way, the indelible fact that no man is born a mobster.

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The movie is at once a giddy mixture of farce, satire and opera buffa and a closely observed drama of social dislocation and cultural confusion.

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