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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 »

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Francesco Rosi (screenplay), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Inspector Amerigo Rogas
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Chief of Police
Marcel Bozzuffi ... The lazy
Paolo Bonacelli ... Dr. Maxia
Alain Cuny ... Judge Rasto
Maria Carta ... Madame Cres
Luigi Pistilli ... Cusan
Tina Aumont ... The prostitute
Renato Salvatori ... Police commisary
Paolo Graziosi ... Galano
Anna Proclemer ... Nocio's wife
Fernando Rey ... Security Minister
Max von Sydow ... Supreme Court's President
Charles Vanel ... 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
Written and performed by Astor Piazzolla
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By making "Cadaveri Eccelenti", Italian director Francesco Rosi has created a masterpiece of political cinema.
7 October 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

"Cadaveri Eccelenti" is an intelligent thriller which incites viewers to find out the truth about the motives behind some senseless killings.It does not give easy clues to viewers to ascertain the identity of the killer.This is why viewers are somewhat forced to guess till the very end about the real identity of the killer.Francesco Rosi has shot "Cadaveri Eccelenti" in a very formal manner in which it is hard to tell whether some influential people are behind the political killings or are they the brainchild of a lunatic who is determined to take revenge on judges who punished him for no fault ? The political milieu depicted in the film appears to be true as well as close to reality as one watches with interest how phones are tapped,conversations of key persons recorded and influential politicians rub shoulders with their business associates.The saddest thing about the film is its depiction of how an honest police man is defeated.It forms an integral part of a surprising end which might be a little disappointing for some. However,it can be accepted solely for being highly unpredictable.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 February 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Context See more »

Filming Locations:

Agrigento, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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