Moro Affair, The / Il caso Moro (1986)

3.5 out of 5

Even by Italian standards, the 1978 kidnapping and murder of the Christian Democrat President Aldo Moro, rocked the political establishment. The subsequent rumours of Governmental complicity muddied the waters considerably, and Guiseppe Ferrarra does an admirably restrained job, refusing to explicitly vent the anger that the Italian public did, and still do, feel.

A long way from El Indio, Gian Maria Volonte is suitably stoic during his 55 days of captivity, and superbly portrays the building tension behind his politician's mask. The Red Brigade terrorists are shown not as caricatures, but as actors in a larger, political structure that is as rotten as the Establishment one.

The climax is inevitable, but the slow burning feel gives a real sense of tension as the days and weeks pass. Ferrarra covered similar ground in his 2002 The Bankers of God, based on the Calvi murder/suicide case in London, and was openly hostile to the official version of events. Here, he simply presents the facts that are known and lets the viewer decide.

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