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Illustrious Corpses (1976)

Cadaveri eccellenti (original title)
A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a complot that involves the Italian ... See full summary »

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Inspector Amerigo Rogas
Tino Carraro ...
Chief of Police
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The lazy
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Dr. Maxia
Alain Cuny ...
Judge Rasto
Maria Carta ...
Madame Cres
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Cusan
Tina Aumont ...
The prostitute
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Police commisary
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Galano
Anna Proclemer ...
Nocio's wife
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Security Minister
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Supreme Court's president
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Procurator Varga
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Archbishop
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A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a complot that involves the Italian Communist Party Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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It was an unusual investigation, undoubtedly they were - "unusual bodies" [Theatrical Australia]


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Jeanne y Paul
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My favorite Italian film.
25 May 2007 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

Does anyone know why this isn't on DVD?

Rosi always gives good opening sequences (see his "Carmen") and this one is the best.

This is the political thriller that should be listed even above those of Costa Gravas or The Manchurian Candidate, but is virtually unknown in America. When I saw it at an Italian film class in the late 90's not even the professor had actually seen it - ( though I had).

Rescreening this 1976 film in today's political/terror climate gives this film even more resonance.

Lino Ventura is the moral center of this unblinking look at Italian politics. He has the kind of "gravitas" of Bogart at his best. If you have any way of seeing this film, you won't be sorry.

If you enjoy it, check out Rosi's "Tre Fratelli" and Ricky Tognazzi's "L'Escorta" with similar subject matter.

FYI, Rosi (Dir) was an assistant to Visconti.


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