Illustrious Corpses

Illustrious Corpses

Italy | 1976 | 120 minutes | Francesco Rosi

November 9, 2019

Cinema Italian Style

Someone is killing Supreme Court judges in Francesco Rosi's brilliant 1976 thriller, set during a volatile period in Italian politics and starring Lino Ventura, Fernando Rey, and Max von Sydow.


Learn a little about storia italiana before this screening! Claudio Mazzola, professor of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington's Center for West European Studies, will talk to audiences about Illustrious Corpses, and the important role that it plays in Italian cinema history.

Boasting an all-star cast, including Lino Ventura, Fernando Rey, and Max von Sydow, Francesco Rosi's brilliant 1976 thriller investigates the mysterious murder of a Supreme Court judge during a volatile period in Italian politics. When Inspector Amerigo Rogas (Ventura) is assigned to the case, the body count begins to rise, and he must race against time to uncover a plot that reaches deep into the heart of the nation. Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and The Film Foundation. West Coast Restoration Premiere!

  • Original Language Title: Cadaveri eccellenti
  • Director: Francesco Rosi
  • Principal Cast: Lino Ventura, Fernando Rey, Max von Sydow, Alain Cuny, Charles Vanel
  • Country: Italy, France
  • Year: 1976
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Producer: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Screenplay: Tonino Guerra, Lino Iannuzzi, Francesco Rosi, Leonardo Sciascia
  • Cinematographers: Pasqualino De Santis
  • Music: Piero Piccioni
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes