A ciascuno il suo (1967)
We Still Kill The Old Way

Director: Elio Petri – Story: from the novel A ciascuno il suo by Leonardo Sciascia (1966) - Screenplay: Elio Petri; Ugo Pirro - Director of photography: Luigi Kuveiller - Film editor: Ruggero Mastroianni - Music: Luis Enriquez Bacalov - Sound: Mario Bramonti -  Costume Design: Luciana Marinucci - Production: Cemo Film - Country: Italy - Running time: 94’


Cast: Gian Maria Volonté (Paolo Laurana), Irene Papas (Luisa Roscio), Gabriele Ferzetti (Lawyer Rosello), Salvo Randone (Prof. Roscio)

The film:

“I had read the book by Sciascia A ciascuno il suo. This is what caused the decision to be taken, because the politicians of the South, the forces and the stakes, the role of the frustrated intellectual were described in such a crystal clear way. I was also interested because the assassin ends up by becoming the winner, because he’s part of the ruling class. I often used the zoom because I filmed it in a hurry. But I also did it on purpose because I wanted to show a much more extended South, with no boundaries. The mafia wasn’t the heart of the matter: in the film I tried to propose an equivalence between the human or politic immaturity and the sexual one, a constant theme in my films. Sciascia is a chaste person, but also a sensuous one. These sensuality attracted me, and this is maybe the text where Sciascia gives himself away more.”


[Elio Petri in Paola Pegoraro Petri (curated by), Lucidità inquieta. Il cinema di Elio Petri, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino 2007, p. 83]



The film restoration:

The digital restoration of A ciascuno il suo was conducted by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino and Movietime, from the best copy available today, the original negative owned by Movietime. The film was scanned at a 4K resolution and the digitized images were processed with digital restoration. From this same copy, the original soundtrack was obtained and digitally restored. The restoration was carried out in 2019 at the laboratory Studio Cine in Rome.


The preservation of the film is part of a project to valorize the works by Elio Petri, including cataloging and making available archival material belonging to the director, which was donated by his wife Paola to the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in 2007.


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