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anarchists  Sacco  and  Vanzetti
Bartolomeo Vanzetti  [1888-1927]
Nicola Sacco  [1891-1927]

prisoners Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco in handcuffs, circa 1927          short profile

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"I have suffered for things that I am guilty of. I am suffering because I am a radical and indeed I am a radical; I have suffered because I was an Italian, and indeed I am an Italian; I have suffered more for my family and for my beloved than for myself; but I am so convinced to be right that if you could execute me two times, and if I could be reborn two other times, I would live again to do what I have done already."
— statement by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 9 April 1927

"If it had not been for this thing, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life can we hope to do such work for tolerance, justice, for man's understanding of man, as now we do by accident. Our words - our lives - our pains - nothing! The taking of our lives - lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddler - all! That last moment belong to us - that agony is our triumph."
— statement read by Bartolomeo Vanzetti at his execution, 23 August 1927

"Sacco and Vanzetti [were] treated unjustly and any disgrace should be forever removed from their names."
— Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, 23 August 1977

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  • 1920 April 15: Two employees were killed and nearly $16,000 in payroll money taken at the Slater & Morrill Shoe Factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts; the killers escaped in a car with several other men; anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were executed for the crime in 1927.
  • 1921 July 14: A jury found Italian anarchists Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco guilty in the Braintree robbery & killings; the two Italian anarchists were executed for the crime in 1927.
  • 1927 April 9: After lengthy appeals, Italian anarchists Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco were sentenced to death by Judge Thayer.
  • 1927 August 23: Execution of the unjustly-convicted Italian anarchists Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco, along with bankrobber Celestino Madeieros.
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    Works  About  Sacco and Vanzetti
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    Boston novel by Upton Sinclair  "Boston: A Documentary Novel {of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case}"
    [Haldeman-Julius Publns 1928] by Upton Sinclair [1878-1968]

    A Boston brahmin who is the widow of the ex-governor becomes involved in the social and political turmoil created by the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti.
    Bentley Publrs 9x6 pb [12/78] out of print/used
    Bentley Publrs 9x6 hardcover [12/78] for $49.95
    Bentley Publrs 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/78] out of print/used
    Jailbird novel by Kurt Vonnegut  "Jailbird: A Novel" [1979] by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]
    Vonnegut opines on labor movements and on the Sacco & Vanzetti case in chapters 18 & 19; the main plot (with Vonnegut's usual asides) is about Walter F. Starbuck, the least-important member of the WaterGate Conspiracy, who goes to prison and is released and then is sent to prison a second time.
    Kindle Edition from Rosetta Books [8/2011] for $7.99
    Kindle Edition from Dial Press [7/2010] for $11.99
    Dell mass pb [1/99] out of print/many used
    Dial Press 8x5¼ pb [1/99] for $12.99
    Doubleday 8¼x5½ hardcover [8/79] out of print/100+ used
    book entry at Wikipedia
    Sacco and Vanzetti by Bruce Watson  
    "Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders & The Judgment of Mankind"
    [2007] by Bruce Watson

    Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [8/2007 edition] for $12.99
    Penguin Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2008] for $13.98
    Viking 8¾x6 hardcover [8/2007] for $22.95

    "Facing The Chair: Story of The Americanization of Two Foreignborn Workmen" [1927] by John Dos Passos

    Movies & Television  About  Sacco & Vanzetti
    search for Sacco & Vanzetti on DVD at Amazon
    'Nicola Sacco' character credits [1927-2006] at Internet Movie Database
    'Bartolomeo Vanzetti' character credits [1927-2006] at Internet Movie Database

    "Sacco und Vanzetti" silent feature [Austria Oct 1927]
    Directed by Alfréd Deésy (Alfred Kämpf); starring Louis V. Arco (Lutz Altschul) & Hans Peppler; the film was banned
    in much of Europe • VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

    "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story" two-parter on "Breck Sunday Showcase" [NBC-TV June 1960]
    Directed by Sidney Lumet; written by Reginald Rose; starring Martin Balsam as Sacco & Steven Hill as Vanzetti;
    also starring Dana Elcar, E.G. Marshall, Carroll O'Connor
    Part 1: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121018/
    Part 2: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0713104/

    "Sacco und Vanzetti" (1963) (TV) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1949234/

    "Der Fall Sacco und Vanzetti" (1963) (TV) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446327/

    "The Good Shoe Maker and The Poor Fish Peddler" [BBC-TV April 1965]
    broadcast as 75-minute episode of "The Wednesday Play"(1965)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492458/ & http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0745160/

    "De Zaak Sacco en Vanzetti" (1966) (TV) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0964601/

    "L'Affaire Sacco et Vanzetti" (1967) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248663/

    Sacco e Vanzetti 1971 movie from Italy  "Sacco e Vanzetti" [Italy March 1971, USA Oct 1971]
    120-minute dramatic feature film co-written & directed by Giuliano Montaldo; original music by Ennio Morricone; starring Gian Maria Volonté, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello, Geoffrey Keen, Milo O'Shea
    Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available
    V.C.I./F.F.I. color VHS [7/2001] out of prodn/used
    see below for the many variant movie soundtrack albums
    full credits at IMDb

    "Sacco e Vanzetti" [R.A.I. Italy March 1977]
    3-hour Italian TV mini-series directed by Giacomo Colli; written by Reginald Rose; starring Achille Millo
    & Franco Graziosi • VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

    Landmark American Trials, Sacco and Vanzetti video  "Landmark American Trials: Sacco and Vanzetti" [1999]
    45-minute docufilm video release; not listed at IMDb
    World Almanac Video b&w/color VHS [8/2000] out of prodn/used
    Choices, Inc. b&w/color VHS [8/2000] out of prodn/used
    In Search of History / Sacco and Vanzetti DVD from History Channel  "In Search of History: The True Story of Sacco and Vanzetti"
    50-minute TV documentary [History Channel 2000]

    A&E Home Video b&w/color DVD-R [4/2006] for $24.95
    A&E Home Video b&w/color VHS [2/2000] for $18.90
    bare credits at IMDb
    Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti independent documentary video  "The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti" [indep video Jan 2004]
    57-minute color documentary film written & directed by and starring David Rothauser
    DVD available only at distributor website for $25.00 + s/h
    full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
    Sacco & Vanzetti 2005 Italian TV movie  "Sacco e Vanzetti" TV movie [R.T.I. Italy Nov 2005]
    87-minute Italian dramatic TV movie directed by Fabrizio Costa; original music by Stefano Caprioli; starring Sergio Rubini, Ennio Fantastichini, Anita Caprioli
    Image Music import soundtrack CD [10/2005] out of prodn/used
    VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
    Sacco & Vanzetti movie  "Sacco and Vanzetti" documentary feature film [indep March 2007]
    80-minute documentary film co-produced & directed by Peter Miller; featuring Henry Fonda, Arlo Guthrie, David Kaiser, Giuliano Montaldo, 'Studs' Terkel, Mary Anne Trasciatti, Howard Zinn, and the voices of Tony Shalhoub & John Turturro
    First Run Features widescreen color DVD [8/2007] for $13.99
    full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

    Stageplays, Recordings, Other Media

    "Justice Denied In Massachusetts" [1927 poem] by Edna St. Vincent Millay
    read poem text online free at Poemhunter website

    Sacco & Vanzetti 1971 movie soundtrack album cover from Omega Classics   "Sacco & Vanzetti" CD by Ennio Morricone [1993] with Joan Baez
    Omega Classics soundtrack CD [4/93] 12 tracks - out of prodn/used
    Universal/G.D.M. MP3 soundtrack album [2005] 14 tracks for $8.99
    A.C.Q.U. soundtrack CD [2000] out of prodn/used
    Woody Guthrie / Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti  "Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti" [1996]
    by Woody Guthrie

    Smithsonian Folkways remastered recordings [2/96] 12 tracks for $15.75
    Sacco & Vanzetti musical stageplay? album  "Sacco & Vanzetti" musical stageplay? album [1996]
    Conducted by Dirk Brossé of Belgium

    found only the cover, so far
    Dirk Brossé official websiteDirk Brossé entry at Wikipedia
    Remembering Sacco & Vanzetti performance by Charlie King and Karen Brandow  "Remembering Sacco & Vanzetti: In Story and Song" [2002]
    Performed by Charlie King and Karen Brandow

    Vaguely Reminiscent Sounds music & spoken word CD [3/2009] 27 tracks for $20.67
    Charlie King's official website
    'Sacco & Vanzetti' & 'Wake Up & Die' combo movie soundtrack album cover  "Sacco e Vanzetti" and "Svegliati e Uccidi" soundtrack CD [2004]
    by Ennio Morricone

    B.M.G./Camden soundtrack CD [7/2004] out of prodn/used
    includes 11 tracks from "Wake Up & Die" [1966] and 9 tracks from
    "Sacco & Vanzetti" [1971
    Sacco & Vanzetti opera by Anton Coppola  "Sacco & Vanzetti: An Opera" [2007] by Anton Coppola
    the album cover is from an audio catalog sales site in Australia, and seems to be a live performance at Opera Tampa in Florida, USA - circa 2007
    Anton Coppola entry at Wikipedia

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    L i n k s
    Sacco and Vanzetti entry at Wikipedia
    'Nicola Sacco' character credits [1927-2006] at Internet Movie Database
    'Bartolomeo Vanzetti' character credits [1927-2006] at Internet Movie Database
    search books on keywords 'for Sacco & Vanzetti' at Amazon
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    Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award

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