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La Scorta directed by Ricky Tognazzi is a political thriller and a social commentary film released in 1993 during the peak of the Anti-MafiaTangentopoli campaign and the aftermath of the assassination of Giovanni Falcone Inspired by the national socio-political unrest and Tognazzis personal encounter in Sicily the film uses the journey and struggle of four bodyguards from different backgrounds and aspirations in Trapani to demonstrate the terror inflicted by the Mafia as well as the helplessness judges and prosecutors face during their investigation Unlike most Mafia thriller movies prior to La Scorta Tognazzi intentionally minimize the screen time of the Mafia doing so highlights the invulnerability of the Ometa code as well as the invisible terror surrounding people who oppose the Mafias interest Furthermore the depiction of the relationship among the characters and their family members particularly the fellowship between judge De Francesco and his bodyguards highlight the effect of Mafia on the society at various level Essentially Tognazzis La Scorta present the dangerous and hardship judges faces on daily basic on screen by using the bodyguards as the story narrators instead of the De Francesco or the Mafia the film establishes a immersive and closer connection with its audiences Through their quest to eliminate the Mafia Tognazzi hoping to encourage us the audiences to take part of the Anti-Mafia campaign since everyone in the society who consent the Mafia is responsible for the causalities murdered by the Mafia and finally the film also expose the flaws of the judicial system and question if changes is necessary in order for Italy to move forward This paper will examine the depiction of Mafia or lack of and the city of Trapani on screen the dynamic between the main characters and the collateral damage caused by the Mafia to illustrate the challenges judges were facing in the 90sThe city of Trapani appears on the screen frequently throughout the film from the opening scene to
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