The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents The Mattei Affair.
In the 1950s, during Italy’s postwar industrial boom, the head of its state-owned oil company, Enrico Mattei, leveraged a small reserve of methane gas in the Po Valley and challenged the established order for international energy policy until he mysteriously died in a plane crash in 1962. Francesco Rosi, along with his frequent collaborator and actor of choice, Gian Maria Volonté, presents a portrait of Mattei as a dogged industrialist and an unrelenting force for political action, material security, and self-determination. The Mattei Affair, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, is an obliquely non-linear interrogation of the life and death of one of Italy’s most controversial figures and a rumination on the causes and complicities that led the nation into a period of social and political turmoil.
- New digital master from the Film Foundation’s 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New video introduction with Martin Scorsese
- New video interviews with Francesco Rosi and film critics Tullio Kezich and Michel Ciment
- Unique – Francesco Rosi on Gian Maria Volonté, Marco Spagnoli’s 30-minute documentary with Rosi on the 20th anniversary of Volonté’s death
- Video appreciation with filmmaker Alex Cox
- Restoration demonstration with Scorsese
- Power & Oil: Enrico Mattei, an hour-long documentary by Fabio Pellarin in 2008
- Gallery of production art
- New and improved subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critics Stuart Klawans and Gary Crowdus