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The Conspirators (1969)

Nell'anno del Signore (original title)
Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal ... See full summary »

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Luigi Magni

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Luigi Magni
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Manfredi ... Cornacchia
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Captain Nardoni
Claudia Cardinale ... Giuditta Di Castro
Robert Hossein ... Leonida Montanari
Renaud Verley ... Angelo Targhini
Britt Ekland ... Princess Spada
Ugo Tognazzi ... Cardinal Agostino Rivarola
Alberto Sordi ... The Friar
Franco Abbina Franco Abbina
Bruno Erba Bruno Erba
Pippo Franco Pippo Franco ... Bellachioma
Maria Cristina Farnese Maria Cristina Farnese
Emilio Marchesini Emilio Marchesini
Piero Nistri Piero Nistri
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano ... Drunk boy
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Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal Filippo Spada (Ekland) is a spy and is going to denounce his revolutionary companions. So Cornacchia decides to report Spada to two "Carbonari" (kind of Freemasons) to kill Spada. The two, Montanari (Hossein) and Targhini (Verley) fail to kill him and decide to escape from Rome. But they are arrested and sentenced to death. Cornacchia will spend his last chance to save them. Written by 1felco

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One of the main characters is the mysterious poet nicknamed "Pasquino", who, according to popular tradition, wrote satires attacking famous figures of Papal Rome. The tradition to attach to statues anonymous criticisms aimed at public figures really existed for many years in Rome: one of those statues, among the most used, was indeed nicknamed Pasquino, and the anonymous messages "Pasquinate". See more »

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Only martyrs survive.
24 March 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

Luigi MAGNI is certainly one of the most underrated Italian directors ;like his peers , he achieves a rare feat : to combine comedy with drama .

Two carbonari ,fighting in 1925 against the powers- that -be,the papal and the catholic church domination , have to do away with one of their companions ,who betrayed the cause;but the victim is not dead ,and his murderer ,a doctor has to heal him :the drama soon turns into a farce .

All the first part is action-packed ,but the second one could be performed on stage : arrested,both killers must repent before being guillotined ;there's the rub :Alberto sordi as the friar is worth the price of admission when he implores the condemned persons to repent and to save their soul.

The movie is a strong attack against the political Church .Jews are considered "almost human being" and during the hateful mass , they are branded as the Savior's murderer.On the scaffold where the convicts are to be beheaded ,there are places where the believers can wash their sins away thanks to the indulgences:it was a long time since "Martin Luther objected to the selling of indulgences in his "95 Theses" because he felt that it was wrong to promise that souls would be relieved from purgatory based on a simple monetary contribution"; and the people 's attitude ,as far as the sentenced to death are concerned is revealing : they do not rebel ,they approve of the execution ,probably not because of their religious fervor ,but just for the show.

But without knowing it ,they serve the cause : if a hero is not a martyr , their acts are pointless ; the last sequence proves this right.

As convict Hossein points out ,the guillotine is now linked with the French Revolution,but here it kills the revolutionaries.

luigi Magni's attacks against the pope's temporal power would continue in "in nome del pape rey" (1977) ,generally considered his masterpiece , which depicted the last days of the pontifical state.


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23 October 1969 (Italy) See more »

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