Cadaveri eccellenti (The Context)

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1976
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I had to help wash him

so I saw him naked.

I never realised

he was so small, so short

Yes, Inspector...

Judge Varga used to come here

every Sunday.

He liked talking to the mummies.

He'd make the dead reveal

the secrets of the living.

-He'd talk to the mummies?

-Of course.

You're from Rome. There are

some things you can't understand.

Open it.

See him?

Bernardo da Corleone

a great 17th century lawyer.

In those days

the dead person's family

would come and tell

the deceased their secrets.

And our Don Bernardo,

who at the time was still alive,

would come down

to the crypt at night

and get the corpses

to tell him everything.

So he knew everthing

about everybody.

Everything about everybody.

"Let me talk about little white jasmines..."

This fatal,just-picked blossom

symbolises the purity

of his existence.

And its scent

evokes the goodness

he brought to the courts

and to his family.

It was this Spring blossom

which caught the last breath

of Judge Varga, who will

now appear before

the ultimate Judge and be

admitted to His Kingdom.

For thirty years he fought

against crime and the Mafia,

and the Mafia has killed him.

He was the Mafia!

He was the Mafia!

Organised crime has never

been so daring before.

It's the first time

a judge has been murdered.

Mafia! You're the Mafia!

You're the Mafia!

It's an appalling crime aimed

against the whole judiciary...

and it's a challenge

to the State's authority!

Why is your name linked to

the dead judge and garbage?

They attack me

because I was his best friend.

What about the garbage?

Come and have a look.

Hear that?

They're not striking for more pay.

They even have cars to come to work.

They're starting a cholera

epidemic just to screw me.

Where does Judge Varga

come into it?

Varga was murdered because

he was about to arrest them.

Not these wretches,

but their puppeteers.

Give me a hand.

This guy's dead.

He has no pulse.

Judge Varga knew every secret

behind every door.

He had drawers full

of court files.

He acted on some,

but ignored the others.

You were his friend.

You admired him, didn't you?

I liked the man.

He wasn't in it for money.

He thrived on power.

Inspector.

A phone call from Rome.

Sorry. I need your authorisation

to move elsewhere right away.

Where?

They killed another judge

some 100km from here

The two crimes

may be linked.

Go, but keep me informed.

The Minister is concerned.

Shall we arrest him?

Why?

As usual, they won't talk.

This guy heard nothing,

saw nothing, knows nothing.

Do you get many lemons?

Alot. They want to cut it down

to build houses

Tell me something ...

Did you know the judge?

Of course. He issued the orders

to resume the farms.

What was he like?

Like this town...

Just what they wanted.

Sargeant.

Captain.

Is this you?

It might be.

Did you bring us all this way

just to identify a photo?

Why were you at Judge

Varga's funeral?

Were you a friend too?

We had ceased to be

on friendly terms.

But when he was

a junior judge...

When you killed

that unionist...

Everyone was acquitted.

Sure. But this time

you've gone too far.

You shouln't mess with judges.

Inspector, you're wasting your

time with us. And you know it.

If it's payback as you call it,

that's between the judges.

Brave Chief Judge Calamo

is dead.

He's the third judge to be killed.

The police do nothing

to stop this mad slaughter.

And their inertia gives rise

to all sorts of speculation.

We're being killed off and

our reputations are tarnished.

The judiciary is sound

but parliament is ineffective.

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Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi (15 November 1922 – 10 January 2015) was an Italian film director. His film The Mattei Affair won the Palme d'Or at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Rosi's films, especially those of the 1960s and 1970s, often appeared to have political messages. While the topics for his later films became less politically oriented and more angled toward literature, he continued to direct until 1997, his last film being the Primo Levi book adaptation The Truce. At the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival 13 of his films were screened, in a section reserved for film-makers of outstanding quality and achievement. He received the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement, accompanied by the screening of his 1962 film Salvatore Giuliano. In 2012 the Venice Biennale awarded Rosi the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. more…

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