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An inquiry into the killings of the judges indicates a political motive.

Illustrious Corpses (Cadaveri eccellenti) is a 1976 Italian thriller film directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Lino Ventura that is based on Leonardo Sciascia‘s novel Equal Danger (1971). The film was exhibited but not entered into the main competition at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Its title refers to the surrealist game, Cadavre Exquis, invented by André Breton, in which participants draw consecutive sections of a figure without seeing what the previous person has drawn, resulting in unpredictable results, and is meant to describe the film’s meandering nature, as well as the “illustrous” corpses of the murdered judges.

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