6.3/10
249
1 user 14 critic

The Year of the Cannibals (1970)

I cannibali (original title)
GP | | Drama | 30 April 1970 (Italy)
The streets of a big city are full of dead bodies but people seem not to notice and pass by indifferently. At the behest of the authorities, the bodies of those citizens who were killed ... See full summary »

Director:

Liliana Cavani

Writers:

Liliana Cavani (story), Italo Moscati (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Skin (1981)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ken Marshall, Alexandra King
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ancient Arabia. A youth is chosen by a beautiful slave girl to be her new master; she is kidnapped and they must search for each other. Stories are told within stories; love, travel and the whims of destiny.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Franco Merli
The Decameron (1971)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic
The Guest (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A forty year old woman, who has been in an asylum, goes to live with her brother's family. She proves incapable of adapting herself to family life, takes refuge in the country alone with her memories, and is later returned to the asylum.

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Lucia Bosé, Glauco Mauri, Peter Gonzales Falcon
Teorema (1968)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Innocenti Totò and his son Innocenti Ninetto are drifting on a road in Italy, when they meet a Marxist speaking crow. The trio travels together in a long journey as their hunger increases.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a Marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
Oedipus Rex (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Alida Valli
The Great War (1959)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war, full of illusions, they settle down. The movie is a the story of the life of ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli
Galileo (1968)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A humble scientist from Padua proves that the Earth revolves and that it is not the center of the universe. He has few supporters and many enemies. When Giordano Bruno dies a martyr's death... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Cyril Cusack, Georgi Kaloyanchev, Nikolay Doychev
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

The streets of a big city are full of dead bodies but people seem not to notice and pass by indifferently. At the behest of the authorities, the bodies of those citizens who were killed because the rebels should serve as a warning. Antigone wants to bury her brother. A young foreigner who speaks a foreign language and will offer his cooperation. Together, they try to bury the dead, but are discovered and killed. However, the example of the two is followed by other young people who take to the streets to continue to bury the corpses, again defying the authorities. Written by uncle_fester

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 April 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Year of the Cannibals See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Doria, San Marco See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

VORREI TROVARE UN MONDO
Written by Gino Paoli
Performed by Dania
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Antigone updating.
20 May 2004 | by ItalianGerrySee 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.


22 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed