Actor Luca Zingaretti has a knack for choosing film projects with interesting perspectives on Italian history. By The Light Of Day (2005) and Borsellino: The 57 Days (2012) explore the Mafia’s turbulent 1990s, Cefalonia (2005) examines Italy’s 1943 peace treaty with the allied powers and Perlasca (2002) tells the story of the Italian cattle dealer who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. In Calling Inspector Marotta, Zingaretti launches himself further back in time, to Italy’s 1920s and fascist Prime Minister Benito Mussolini’s attempts to crack down on Mafia activity.
Calling Inspector Marotta, the story of a Mafia infiltrator in 1920’s Rome, is a straightforward, slow burning thriller inspired by the real-life robbery of St Peter’s Vatican treasure. Spread across two discs in the recently released Luca Zingaretti Collection, this sprawling noir-esque tale swerves the tropes of Hollywood heists. Positioning itself inside a genre which often relies on a ‘catch them in the nick of time’ scenario to create tension, Calling Inspector Marotta instead chooses to explore the calculation and manipulation that exists on both sides of the law, delving into the political and international implications of Rome’s criminal underbelly.