In the summer of 1927, the two most famous men in the world were an unlikely pair of Italian-American anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both the unappreciative guests of the state of Massachusetts.
The documentary record is the multi-volume The Sacco-Vanzetti Case: Transcript of the Record of the Trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Courts of Massachusetts and Subsequent Proceedings, 1920-1927 (Mamaroneck, NY: Appel, 1969); Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti (New York: Penguin, 2007).
Convicted murderers Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were imprisoned there before being executed in 1927.
Bruce Watson's Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders and the Judgment of Mankind (2007) is a penetrating and capacious account of the famous 1920 trial of the two Italian immigrants, Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and their subsequent imprisonment while their lawyers made applications for rehearings.
When a shoe factory paymaster and his guard were shot and killed during a robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts, in April 1920, Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants affiliated with a violent anarchist group, were charged with the crime.
It was a case of justice gone awry--persecuting Nicola Sacco
, a shoe-maker, and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, a fish peddler, for their anarchist political beliefs rather than for any crime they had committed.
Like the Rosenbergs or the Haymarket martyrs, Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti have become larger-than-life figures.
Three weeks later Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested for the crime on a policeman's hunch that anarchists were responsible.
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian anarchists who preached class warfare in and around Boston after World War I.
Miller's previous documentaries include the critically acclaimed "Sacco and Vanzetti" (about Ferdinando Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants and anarchists convicted of murder and executed in Charlestown Prison amid much controversy over their guilt or innocence), and he has been a producer on several films by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian Anarchists (with a capital A) living in the Dedham-Plymouth area.
, a laborer, and Bartolemeo Vanzetti, a fish peddler, on July 14, 1921, were convicted of murdering two men during a payroll robbery in Plymouth the year before.