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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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Storyline

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]


Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Jeanne y Paul
Written and performed by Astor Piazzolla
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More praise for Illustrious Corpses
27 January 2004 | by bradchisholm@go.comSee all my reviews

Just a couple of additional points - The first assassination victim is Charles Vanel (Tre Fratelli) but also from Wages of Fear (with Montand) as a far younger man.

The opening sequence as he emerges from the tombs to the killing in a garden is arguably one of the strongest openings to a film ever. Rosi (an AD to Visconti) is known for this, check out his opening sequence to his "Carmen" (Placido Domingo).

On a political note, being a leftist/communist in Italy in the 60s/70s was more accurately being an anti-fascist. Many of the rich claimed to be communists. Lina Wertmuller built a career making fun of this social and political confusion.

Wish Illustrious Corpses were available here on DVD!!!


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