The clan that walled its enemies alive

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German title The clan that walled its enemies alive
Original title Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1971
length 110 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Damiano Damiani
script Damiano Damiani
Fulvio Gicca Palli
Salvatore Laurani
production Mario Montanari
Bruno Turchetto
music Riz Ortolani
camera Claudio Ragona
cut Antonio Siciliano

The clan that walled up its enemies alive (original title: Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica) is an Italian political thriller published in 1971 by Damiano Damiani with Franco Nero in the leading role. The alternative title is the literal translation of the original, The Confession of a Police Commissioner before the Public Prosecutor of the Republic .


Under mysterious circumstances, Li Puma is released from the asylum. A little later, Li Puma carried out an attack on the building contractor Lomunno. Lomunno is absent, but three of his bodyguards are killed. Prosecutor Traini and Commissioner Bonavia are charged with clearing up the case. The young northern Italian public prosecutor Traini has to realize that there is much more to the crime than he initially thought. The building contractor has dark connections to many of the city's important dignitaries; his arrest failed several times due to the disappearance of evidence or witnesses. The law-abiding Traini tries to exhaust all legal means; Bonavia, who has long since given up his ideals, finally shoots Lomunno. Meanwhile, Traini's main witness Serena, Li Puma's sister, is being walled into a new building.


"Exciting, socially critical political thriller, also exemplary due to its artistic design," was the verdict of the lexicon of international films . Dominik Graf praised the film in the FAZ as the highlight of the mafia film, which is characterized by “grandiose directing ideas” . "After The Day of the Owl , Damiani delivered another successful result thanks to a solid script and well-complementing actors," wrote Francesco Mininni. The “Segnalazioni Cinematografiche” saw a “story carefully developed along the lines of the two main characters, which cinematically restricts itself to the essentials and maintains a well-dosed rhythm”. The Paris magazine “Cinema 72” described the film as a “transalpine political thriller”, which belongs to its own Italian film genre that is “unprecedented in European film”. Film critic Hans-Christoph Blumenberg resulted in time from that the film stands out "beyond pluralistic discouragement by their moral and political rigor". Damiani would “not even give the audience a hint of hope” . “The actions of his official - detective, judge and executioner at the same time - seem completely normal, logical and ultimately even necessary ... Damiani reacts to the crisis of Italian society, to bombs in Milan, neo-fascism in Rome, mafia rule in the south with furious anarchism, far away also of the popular Marxist consolations with which Francesco Rosi ended his last film Il Caso Mattei , the chronicle of the failure and the murder of Enrico Mattei . And so it seems only logical that Damiani tells a story using the popular visual vocabulary of a thoroughly terrorist genre that culminated in black anarchism with Sergio Corbucci's "Il grande silenzio" ( corpses pave his way ). Hectic montage rhythm, brutal zooms and suggestive close-ups keep you thinking of spaghetti westerns. Perverse parallels force themselves, the way from Django to Feltrinelli is not far. "


The film was honored as best film at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1971 and honored with the Étoile de Cristal as best foreign film in 1972 .


Speakers for the German version include a. Norbert Langer (for Nero), Martin Hirthe (for Balsam) and Michael Chevalier . In the GDR, DEFA produced its own dubbed version in which Otto Mellies (Nero) and Norbert Christian (Balsam) spoke.

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Individual evidence

  1. The clan that walled its enemies alive. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. ^ FAZ of May 2, 2006
  3. ^ Mininni, in: Magazine italiano TV
  4. Segnalazioni Cinematografiche, Vol.LXV, 1970
  6. Entry in synchronized files