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(1972, d Francesco Rosi)
Starring Gian Maria Volonté, Luigi Squarzina, Gianfranco Ombuen, Edda Ferronao
Il caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair), directed by Francesco Rosi, is a brilliant political thriller based on actual people and events. The film explores the ambitions, accomplishments, and mysterious death of Eni’s founder, Enrico Mattei. The success of Eni, a state-owned oil company, was considered a key reason for Italy’s postwar economic boom, but Mattei’s expanding political power and unorthodox vision made him many enemies. He was killed in 1962 when his private plane crashed outside Milan. Inclement weather was the official explanation, but this ignored the testimony of eyewitnesses who saw a mid-air explosion before the plane fell to earth.
Il caso Mattei was restored at the Cineteca di Bologna’s preservation facility, L’Immagine Ritrovata, using original camera negatives and vintage prints. Mold growth was detected on the original elements, which caused emulsion damage. The mold also damaged the picture with visible yellow stains, which were difficult to eliminate digitally, so the first-generation interpositive was used in those areas.
Photo Courtesy: Gian Maria Volonté in Il caso Mattei © Sergio Strizzi, Courtesy of Museo Nazionale del Cinema - Fondo Rosi
© Sergio Strizzi / Photomovie, Courtesy of Museo Nazionale del Cinema - Fondo Rosi