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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

October 19, 2015

The Mattei Affair
Il caso Mattei

Film still: The Mattei Affair
Palme d'Or
Cannes Film
Fest 1972
"The Mattei Affair is brimming with intelligence and truly rivets like a top-notch thriller with its uncanny, refreshing form and intriguing topic..."
  —Furious Cinema
"Francesco Rosi appears to be attempting in The Mattei Affair a sort of semi-fictional Citizen Kane without a Rosebud..."
  —Jonathan Rosenbaum

Virtually unseen since its original release in 1972, Francesco Rosi's The Mattei Affair plays out like a sophisticated, non-stop thriller with a performance by Gian Maria Volonte that is nothing short of astonishing. The story, based on historical fact, chronicles the life and death of Enrico Mattei, a powerful politician and oil magnate who came to power in post-Fascist Italy.

The investigation of Mattei's death—probably at the hands of U.S. intelligence—propels the film forward at a breakneck pace, showing his rise to power as he helps re-build Italy's postwar industrial base. Layered, non-linear, disorienting, and totally riveting, The Mattei Affair brilliantly captures the world of power politics—counting American filmmaker Oliver Stone among its strongest advocates—with a screenplay co-authored by the brilliant writer and Michelangelo Antonioni collaborator, Tonino Guerra.

Directed by Francesco Rosi, 1972, Italy, 116 min. In Italian with English subtitles.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Director Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, October 19 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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