Damiani studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, and he made his debut in 1947 with the documentary La banda d'Affari. In the 60s there were his "golden decade"; he was praised by critics and his films were box office successes.
In 1968, with The Day of the Owl, the movie I took in consideration, he started a series of movies in which social criticism, often related to the connections between politics and crime, was mixed with really interesting and touching plots.
He wanted to talk about the contemporary Italian Mafia and its involvement in politics, so he also directed one of the most famous Italian television series, La piovra, in 1984.
The movie is inspired by the famous Sciascia’s novel.
On a Saturday morning at 6.30 a man was shot while catching the bus. The local police arrived in quite few minutes but everyone (from the passengers to the conductor of the bus) refused to give to them any information or details which can be considered as useful.
This pretty much represented the omertà in the movie, the Sicily during that time period, where anyone didn’t want to put their faith in front of something bigger as the Mafia.