Rosi’s Il caso Mattei: Making the Case for Conspiracy

  • Mary P. Wood
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


Enrico Mattei, the President of the Italian state hydrocarbon company ENI, died on October 27,1962, when the Morane Saulnier executive jet carrying him, his pilot Bertuzzi, and the American journalist Andrew McHale, crashed near Milan’s Linate airport. Official reports at the time failed to establish the causes of his death, as did the judicial inquiry of 1995, which reviewed allegations made during the trials of mafia informers that Mattei had been killed by the mafia on American orders. This chapter will consider Francesco Rosi’s cinematic investigation of the Mattei case and the visual and rhetorical strategies he uses to suggest who might have been responsible and, most importantly, why.


Conspiracy Theory Rhetorical Strategy Direct Address American Film Early Sequence 
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