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The Year of the Cannibals (1970)

I cannibali (original title)
GP | | Drama | 30 April 1970 (Italy)
Le strade di una grande città sono piene di cadaveri, ma la gente sembra non accorgersene e passa indifferente. Per volere delle autorità, i corpi di quei cittadini, uccisi perchè ribelli, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiresia (as Pierre Clementi)
Marino Masé ...
Ismene's Fiancé
Francesco Leonetti ...
Prime Minister
Alfredo Bianchini ...
(as Alfrfdo Bianchini)
Alessandro Cane ...
Commissaire de la Sûreté Nationale
Cora Mazzoni ...
Antigone's mother
Francesco Arminio ...
Antigone's father
Giampiero Frondini ...
TV Speaker
Sergio Serafini ...
Giancarlo Caio ...
The Pope
Carla Cassola
Massimo Castri


Le strade di una grande città sono piene di cadaveri, ma la gente sembra non accorgersene e passa indifferente. Per volere delle autorità, i corpi di quei cittadini, uccisi perchè ribelli, devono servire come monito. Antigone vorrebbe seppellire il fratello, giovane straniero che parla una lingua sconosciuta, le offrirà la propria collaborazione. Insieme, cercano di seppellire i morti, ma vengono scoperti ed uccisi. Comunque, l'esempio dei due viene seguito da altri giovani, che scendono nelle strade per continuare a seppelire i cadaveri, sfidando le autorità. Written by rosebud6

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Italian censorship visa # 55039 delivered on 22-11-1969. See more »

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Alfredo Bianchini's credit is misspelled as Alfrfdo Bianchini. See more »


Written by Ennio Morricone (uncredited)
Performed by Don Powell (uncredited)
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Antigone updating.
20 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The films of Liliana Cavani have never appealed to me, and I consider most of them (not all) to be among the most obnoxious of those modern cinematic works with a presumed claim to importance.

THE CANNIBALS is a modern reworking of the drama of Antigone, in the format of a radical political allegory. Set in the city of Milan, where a fascist government leaves the bodies of captured rebels on the streets, it is about Antigone, who wants to bury her dead brother. The character of Tiresias, a zombie-like Pierre Clementi who is about as expressive as the corpses we see lying around during the whole film, speaks an extra-galactic language and likes to eat fish (Christ symbol, GET IT???) Antigone and Tiresias spend much time taking away some of the bodies, placing them in caves, and giving them bread and fishes. Why do the bodies strewn everywhere never decompose, by the way? Oh yes, they are the recurring symbol of the evil of this totalitarian state. How stupid of me. Haimon (Tomas Milian), who defies his father the prime minister, wants to become an animal. But we can hardly care what anybody wants to do in this movie, so preposterous and annoying is it.

Universally despised by mainstream critics, the movie really deserved all the trashing it got, notably after its New York Film Festival showing. It is irksome, pretentious, and quickly wears on the nerves. The grating music by the usually good Ennio Morricone is not among his best, and sounds like it belongs in a spaghetti western.

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