Cinema: Italian Crude

THE MATTEI AFFAIR

Directed by FRANCESCO ROSI Screenplay by FRANCESCO ROSI, TONINO

GUERRA, NERIO MINUZZO, TITO DE STEFANO

Within 17 years after World War II, Enrico Mattei developed the shattered Italian oil industry to a point where it ranked somewhere between a major nuisance and a minor power in the byzantine world of the international petroleum cartels. In 1962 Mattei died in a plane crash that many believe was caused by sabotage—a credible suspicion given the number of enemies (ranging from the Mafia to American oil interests) this bragging, abrasive and ingenious man had...

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