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Shooting the Mafia

Shooting the Mafia is a movie starring Letizia Battaglia. Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia spends her career documenting the life and crimes of the Mafia.

Other Titles
La fotógrafa de la mafia, Ustrzelić mafię, Letizia Battaglia - Shooting the Mafia, Medziojant mafija, Fotografando a máfia
Running Time
1 hours 34 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Biography, Documentary
Kim Longinotto
Letizia Battaglia
Ireland, USA
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia spends her career documenting the life and crimes of the Mafia.

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Filmmaker Mark Boal's introduction to the period of the civil rights movement, Stolen Generations, tells of the Tuskegee Institute, in which black men were forced to work in the cotton fields and develop their physical capacities in the most physically brutal of conditions. When a white doctor suggested that they could perform a blood test, the women of the institute protested, and a blood test was never conducted. The doctor was arrested for gross misconduct and lost his medical license. The women endured "B" class accommodations in a cotton farm that were like "A" class accommodations, segregated by race. They could not attend the music lessons, attend their doctors, or even go to the same school as their white counterparts. The film captures the great significance of the project, with Dr. A. G. Sullins, who was instrumental in its creation, explaining that "the civil rights movement is about equality. It's about having an equal opportunity to fulfill the demands of the law. It's about having the same rights under the law." The women, however, had none of these rights. While it is a necessary film, and must be watched, I think the audience will agree with the sentiment, that there are certain films that are so powerful, they cannot be seen in a civilized society. This film was made to educate and enlighten people about the injustices that were committed against these poor, illiterate, mentally retarded black men. This is an amazing film, as it captures the human experience of a group of people who would rather not look at the injustice and hear the abuse and ridicule of their fellow man, than stand up for themselves and the people they love. This film is a lesson in human dignity and the need for justice, and the importance of it. This film should be seen by all, regardless of political affiliation, and anyone who would like to learn more about how racism is a far more serious problem than many realize.

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Matthew Gilbert

What makes this documentary stand out is that it is as much about crime, murder, politics, and human behavior as it is about the powerful Mafia families. The movie is essentially about a set of characters in New York City. The film takes a look at the first visit of the Mafia family to New York City, the roles of the mafia family members, and the important role that New York City played in the Italian-American Mafia's rise to power. The movie is very well-made, with the cast being extremely well-known and well-known. The director, James D'Amato, is a respected New York documentary director. The cast is very good, particularly Al Pacino and John Turturro, who play two of the most powerful mafia families in New York City. In this film, you see these powerful people living in the city, in their apartments, and with their family members. The movie does a good job of showing how powerful the Mafia is in the city and how little people outside of New York City knew about it. A lot of people would not have heard about it. I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in how powerful the Mafia is in New York City. Highly recommended.

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Kelly M.

I agree with most of the other comments on this film, the accuracy of the story is questionable at best, but I thought the filmmakers did a very good job of conveying the story and bringing it to a better audience. The filmmaker seemed to be very aware of the stereotypes of the times, and at times it reminded me of the times when movies were about the country and the human interest of the characters. Although it is a difficult subject matter to tackle, I found the film very enjoyable. I think that one of the things that is so interesting about this film is that it is very much the story of a group of people, not one person. It is a film about how each person's life and their choices contribute to the world around them. The fact that there were so many people who were involved in the operation makes it all the more powerful and real. If you are looking for a film about organized crime, this is not the film for you. I think it is great for people who like documentaries about crime, the history of organized crime, and the lives of people who were involved in it.

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Jack Gibson

Stunning, it really is, how director Greg Jaffe (who also wrote the film) has pulled this off. A true story. Many people will be turned off by the subject matter (the real story of the Mafia) but don't let that deter you. Jaffe is brilliant in taking us through the daily lives of the people in the same street that the film takes place. Each person has something to teach us about the larger society, our lives, and the meaning of life. Every person has a story to tell, but one of the most important lessons is that of the importance of living life to the fullest. The main character is Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young man who's life is turned upside down when a bank robbery goes wrong and his brother is killed. Frank spends the rest of the film being taught about his family and the larger world around him. This is not a film for the squeamish. One of the most powerful scenes in the film is when Frank tells his sister how his father died. The flashback is so powerful because we are able to see how he lived before the robbery took place. The only bad things about the film are the songs in it. They are so loud, the audience would have been better off listening to the radio. I wish they would have cut the rap music and focused on the music instead of adding the profanity. The film is more about the people than the events. If you like music, you will like the film.

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Zachary T.

I have always admired this film. It was an honest look at the kind of violence and mayhem which is prevalent in America. The majority of the people in the audience were either in the same room or connected to the film. The coverage of all the stories of the subjects was made even more interesting by the camera shots and the editing. The film seemed to have a good balance of humor, drama and drama with some interesting and shocking content. The moments of humor were the best and the footage of the murders and violence was disturbing. As well, the man who filmed the killings was an interesting character. I found him to be very similar to myself in his approach. I am always on the lookout for a film that is informative and entertaining, and this is just that. A great film!

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Virginia J.

If you have a connection with crime, you can't help but feel sympathy for Robert Bennett. A fine, well-made documentary, he touches on the larger issues of mob-ster relations and family and self-preservation. In some ways he seems like a whistleblower, although I wouldn't put him in that category. But, like everyone else interviewed, he is eager to talk. Like the rest of us, he knows too much, and his career is almost over. He wants to tell us how to deal with that last minute of it all. Not to be taken seriously, of course, but in a subtle way that you don't see that often. How to Deal with the Worst of it all. I also liked how Robert explained how he copes with stress in his life. I've always wondered why they call it stress. The word stress comes from stress. There are no other words that would describe how Robert deals with stress. He doesn't get mad, and he doesn't talk about it. He just takes it in stride. It's almost as if he has a completely clean, idealized view of stress. It's difficult to say what's worse, losing your job or being fired, but we know that stress can lead to bad things. For some reason, he just gets through it. He doesn't give in to the stress, because he knows how to cope. Robert's own wife and mother were interviewed, and I loved them both. Their stories are equally as fascinating. After seeing this documentary, I am eager to find a therapist. You should too.

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Edward West

Shooting the Mafia was a great documentary about the life of James "Whitey" Bulger and his criminal life. It was one of the few documentaries to cover the story of a Mafia person without focusing on the Mafia, and it did a good job in that aspect. I personally liked this documentary more than I liked Killing Them Softly. Killing Them Softly focused on the victim's families and made the movie seem biased towards the victims, whereas Shooting the Mafia doesn't. The problem with Killing Them Softly is that it was biased towards Bulger and showed him as a monster instead of being a good guy. Shooting the Mafia doesn't do this, it focuses on the man and his life. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't show his son, his ex-wife, his kids, or his kids' father, but they didn't talk about him. It would have been great to have been able to show some of his children's children or other members of his family. The only reason I gave Shooting the Mafia a 9/10 is because of the way they chose to do their story. I was hoping for a more normal, non-biased movie but instead we got a biased documentary. I would have liked to see the movie with more of a balanced approach. I thought the interview format worked really well and it showed a lot of good things about the Bulger family. It made me interested in learning more about them and also made me feel for them a little bit. The movie was a bit long and it had a lot of focus on the murders. I was hoping for a more straight forward approach and a better balance of the documentary and the murders. Shooting the Mafia is worth watching, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Rebecca Lee

This is the best film I have ever seen. The film follows the journey of Frank Gannon (Donald Sutherland) and his three friends, who become the founding members of the Mafia in New York. The young men face a lot of prejudice, some that was justified, and some that was completely out of line. Donald Sutherland gives a wonderful performance, and he's almost unrecognizable in his early 40's. The rest of the cast is equally impressive, especially Al Pacino, who gives one of the most memorable performances in cinema history. The "murder" is horrific, and is horrific only because the police were unable to save these people. There's no justice in the world, and the only thing that matters is that these three men could be remembered. They deserve our respect, and I don't think this will ever happen. This is a must see film, that deserves to be watched over and over.

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It is an extraordinary documentary that tells the true story of the Dirty Harry gunfighter in the mid 1960's. Here we see him practicing for the Gunfight at the end of the Golden Years of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The shooting is practiced on a bus full of tourists, including Harry's wife, who only wanted to have a vacation, and so Harry just goes to the shooting range to practice shooting. It was a huge public success in the US, but not in the rest of the world. It was then that Harry decided to become a journalist. And it was here that the real life stories of Dirty Harry began. The story of the unprofessional work of Harry is well known, but what is remarkable about this documentary is the fact that it was made by the first-hand witnesses of the real Dirty Harry. You see an actual interview with Harry, Harry's wife, his daughter, his partner in crime, and his friend in the police force. You also see a documentary that shows Harry's brutal fight with the mafia, his story of quitting the FBI, his fight with the police, and his story of how he met his wife. We also get to hear the Dirty Harry's real and honest story of why he did what he did, and the stories of the real people who were in Harry's life, and also his girlfriend who was pregnant with their first child. The film also includes the interviews of Harry's friends and colleagues. This documentary is about the one of the most important men in the history of the United States. It is an extraordinary, honest, and brilliant film. It is well worth a look.

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Harry Douglas

I thought it was very well done and thought this would be a good documentary. I didn't expect it to be this insightful, or give the audience a true feel for the situations. A lot of people probably thought it was a cop out but I don't think it was. I think it's a very close to reality look at the gangs in LA and how the mafia has gotten into the movie business. I thought the first 10 minutes gave a pretty good feel for the world of the gangs in LA. Then, the movie just went downhill from there. It was all very dull, and I really didn't feel like anything was coming up. I think if this was edited it would have been much better. The director did a very good job at showing some aspects of the gangs but it just got so boring. I think that this documentary was a great attempt to make a documentary about the gangs in LA. But, unfortunately, it didn't deliver anything great. The movie just lost the audience from there.

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Christina P.

We see a good movie. It's funny, it's moving, it's very good. The characters are very interesting. The editing and acting is pretty good too. The film was shot very well. The editing was very interesting. It is an enjoyable movie.

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I'm an old fashion gunslinger, so I'm not really sure what the f is this all about. It's not like a documentary or a documentary. There is a little more than a clip of the movie. We learn how Mr. Largo shot a movie and how he has left the United States of America. I don't know how he has ended up in Canada, but he must have been really desperate. And if that was the case, then he probably has been trying to get to the U.S. for years and years. After that, the movie is about how he is being harassed by the FBI in his effort to be able to tell his story. The film is very gripping. I do recommend watching this film, but if you want to know what the story is, then you are better off not watching the film. I gave it a 9 out of 10.

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Kathleen H.

A compelling and vital look at the tragedy of American history. This is an eye-opener and a reminder of what is wrong in our country today. The "birther" movement is a flop and there are so many other racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and anti-woman things that are wrong. The great thing about the documentary is the way it does not give out facts but uses logic, compassion, and actually the heart of the victims to paint a picture of how the Mafia ran the city. The mobsters were merely the people that chose to go into politics, but were not the only people who played with the system. There was the leaders of the time, who never wanted anything to be changed. The story of the mobsters is not an important part of the movie, but the way it is told is. How the film shows the mobsters from the gangsters, to the politicians, to the mobsters' wives, and the families of the mobsters, and how they formed their own families with different backgrounds. How the wives were all of the mothers of the mobsters, and how they took care of them and the children. How the Mobsters took care of the kids, and how the wives took care of the mobsters. How they built their own churches, and were all connected by a Christian philosophy. How all of the mobsters were moved by God and they were part of a larger religious movement. The views of the Mafia were not the same for every person. There were many different ideas and views on the Mafia that were not allowed to be aired, or discussed. The story is not about the Mafia, but about how the Mafia influenced American politics, and what was the result of that. It is an interesting story that needs to be told, and needs to be taught to every young person. The world needs to hear it and learn about the people who made our country, and why it was destroyed.

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Gerald Gutierrez

It's hard to believe that this film didn't get more attention when it was first released. The great shots and documentary style footage are awesome and give this film a very "authentic" feel. There is much more to it than the crimes, the murder scenes, the forensics and the compelling narrative. It's just about a group of people and their relationship with each other. It's all very simple and real, and it shows that even though the lives of people can be screwed over by the system, we can still get along. This is just an important and honest look at people in a different kind of environment, and a great way to look at these social issues. I have been following this case for years, and still I was very impressed with the way the film was presented and made. I was very surprised that it did not get any awards, and it is very hard to not like this film. If you haven't seen it, go rent it or buy it and take your family. See it!

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This documentary by Jesse Ventura, The Vice President of Freedom Watch, is a fascinating look at the government in the 70's. What a way to spend two hours! This documentary does an excellent job in its examination of the United States' government, and its historical impact on the citizens of this country. The film shows that the government at the time was very corrupt, but also that it was being manipulated by the people. There is some humor in the film, but it is handled very subtly, and the humor is never too funny. This is an excellent documentary to watch. Watch it for the historical insight that is presented here, and for the fun that is left in the film. This is an excellent documentary, and I would definitely recommend this film to any film lover. In closing, I would recommend this documentary to anyone who has ever wondered what was happening in America during the time of the Vietnam War, or who has had the opportunity to meet their government. This documentary is an excellent history lesson, and a great way to spend two hours. It has been my favorite documentary for many years.

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This film is excellent and the best film of its kind I've seen. It covers the darkest period in America's history, the rise and fall of organized crime in New York City and what happens to them when they get busted. You get a good idea about the back-room deals that were made when the Mob was in control and how they came back to get more money. You see the connections between the drug dealers and the gangsters and how they made money. You get a good look at the life of Al Capone, who was a decent guy, but he's a very, very messed up guy. You see the people who really were involved in the Mafia who died at the hands of the mob, but the mob's still in charge and you can see it, it's just under the skin. I really enjoyed it and think it's very interesting and I think it's very well done. I can't recommend it enough.

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Johnny Nguyen

The way you become a movie-making professional, the creative process and how you approach new projects, is discussed in the documentary "Shooting the Mafia" by director Steve McQueen. Based on an interview with Al Pacino, McQueen gives insight into the process of getting into the movies business, the importance of a strong work ethic, and how to take risks, without losing focus and focus on what you do best. He also explains how, when making a movie, a director must not let the story dictate the film. Once the creative process is in place, there is not much of a hurdle for him to overcome, and he takes his project to the next level. "Shooting the Mafia" is definitely one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. The story is very well told, and how the film-making process can be stressful for a director. You can feel the passion behind the camera and feel as if you are being taken on a roller-coaster ride. I highly recommend this film to any film student or aspiring director, and even if you are not planning on making a film, I would still recommend this film for those who are interested in film-making or want to know the process. I rate it a 9 out of 10.

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Kimberly Long

This is a truly good documentary that takes you on a tour of a remarkable man. It has many interviews with a variety of people who have known him. The writer of this documentary is a friend of Dan's. He was so moved by this man, his life, and the story he was telling. The guy was wonderful. And there's a great shot of his dad who came to New York from Italy. There are a lot of shots of Dan in his music videos. This documentary is all about how much he meant to so many people. I have loved this documentary for a long time. It is a very good one. Dan was an artist with a very profound impact on people. There's so many other things that I like about this documentary. It is a great film. I would recommend it to anyone who cares about the artist. A great film.

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Harold Stone

A lot of good information and funny story behind the infamous Los Angeles shooting. Part of the reason that the original film never made it into the American public consciousness was because it was well-made, and very well-directed. This documentary is done very well, even with some scenes edited a bit too quickly. One of the best things about this film is the very diverse and talented cast. We have great actors like Pee Wee Reese, Ted Levine, Cliff Curtis, Ivan Raimi, Kevin McCarthy, Melora Walters, Dennis Quaid, John Glover, Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Idle, and everyone else that they've been able to get, including Michael Madsen, Adam Beach, Christopher Walken, Charles Grodin, Morgan Freeman, Alex Kingston, and the entire cast of The Usual Suspects, amongst others. Even though this film is about the 1992 shooting that killed Robert Guccione and four others, it's not only about that shooting, but about the entire gang war in LA. This film has a very good sound track, which is absolutely essential for a documentary, and a fantastic production, which you really can't find in this day and age. If you like quality films, this is a must-see.

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Ruth Russell

I saw this film at the Austin Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. The film is based on an actual event that took place in 1974, during the period when John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. It is an amazing documentary that is full of facts, data and personal anecdotes, and it is absolutely incredible. In fact, it is an amazing documentary that brings out a sense of nostalgia and, in my opinion, the film does justice to the events depicted. I was moved, and, in fact, I have never felt so close to the Kennedy family. I have learned so much, and I am a much better person for having watched this documentary. It was, in my opinion, incredibly well done. What I also loved about the film is that it is so true to life. It is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen and, in my opinion, is very good at portraying what happened. I don't want to spoil it, so I will leave it at that. I believe the director, Steve James, is a very good filmmaker, and I believe he has a lot of talent. I also loved the sound design. I believe it was a really great film. I highly recommend this film.

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Kathy Watson

I don't usually comment on films, but I felt compelled to do so with this documentary. I am a licensed gun owner, I understand the importance of guns and how important it is to protect them, but I also understand that some people would like to see them used for less than they should be used for. This documentary is a compelling and thorough exploration of the myth and reality surrounding the civilian use of military grade firearms, the type of weapons that should not be used for personal protection but should be used for the military, not for personal use. There is no denying that guns do kill people, it's just a question of how much, and what type. The truth is out there and the people who don't want it to be made public are out there, waiting for a better solution. While the documentary does a good job of showing some of the tragic, horrific, and hilarious situations involving a negligent misuse of firearms, it is much more than just a documentary. It is a powerful and important story that should be told and made public. Every day the news brings up the public's desire for "gun control" but the real issue is not gun control but responsible gun ownership. The people who made this film have done a tremendous job, and I hope that it gets out in the media. I hope that everyone will take the time to view this film and understand the issues that this film brings up. I rate this film a 9 out of 10 and am going to see it again to keep in mind the importance of responsible gun ownership and why I feel that this documentary is so important.

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This documentary was produced in 2007 by Oliver Stone and Michael Kamen (no relation to me) with the help of Michael Murphy, Daniel de Vries, and David M. Rubenstein, who worked on the last two features. The title refers to a chapter of the book on the Mob in South Central Los Angeles, and it describes the roots of the group and the old-timers who financed the group and continued to support it even after the "the Golden Era" of organized crime in the 1960's and 1970's. The documentary is narrated by Ray Liotta, and it focuses on Ray's career and what led to his involvement with the mob. A great deal of time is spent on Ray's relationship with the famous hit-man Al Capone (Jim Caviezel), his experiences with the mob, and his relationships with other mobsters. As it turns out, Ray Liotta was actually involved in several hit-men, but we never really see them in action. But when he's talking to a reporter, he's talking to a hit-man. So if you want to see how Ray Liotta is involved with the mob, this documentary is for you.