This is a very good crime thriller with political undertones beautifully
shot in Sicily,
directed by the brilliant Elio Petri and with the also brilliant Gian
María Volonté in the
main role. He plays the professor Paolo Laurana, a loner, an ex-communist
somewhat mysterious person to the local elite, the local gentry. Is
he corruptible ?
Paolo is stubborn, honest and maybe a bit too naive, and his role figure
the inspector Rogas played by Lino Ventura in Francesco Rosi's 1976
Corpses (Cadaveri Eccellenti). A film that can be seen as the
companionpiece to this
film (but made with 9 years in between) and scenes with a resemblance
to each other.
This is explained by the fact that these films are based on novels by
the same author
Leonardo Sciascia, "A ciascuno il
suo" based on the 1966 "To each his Own" and
"Cadaveri eccellenti" on the 1971 "Il contesto".
They've the same themes as the Mafia, the Politicians, and the Church
in cohorts with
each other. The film won in Cannes 1967 for the best script.
For me, the writings of Leonardo Sciascia seems to be interesting, but
prepare for Feel Bad about the evils of the Elite ... and this is not
Hollywood, here the
evil always win. Just as in real life.
(In the 1970's Italian filmmakers dealt with this theme
in a series of fine and openly
political films and often based on the writings of Leonardo
Sciascia. Films as:
Damiano Damiani's 1968 "Il giorno della Civetta (The Day of the
Owl" or his 1975
"Perché si uccide un Magistrato (How to Kill a Judge)"
, Elio Petri's "A ciascuno il suo
(We Still Kill the Old Way)" or Fransesco Rosi's 1976 "Cadaveri
Corpses" - Read more about these films on my Cult & Classics
and Gialli & Eurocrime
Evil under the scorching sun. A small Sicilian town
is plagued by anonymous letters
with threats. The local pharmacist, Antonino Manno (Luigi Pistilli,
also in the 1976
"Cadaveri eccellenti") gets his 6th letter and he's scared
of the death threats in them.
Who wants him dead, a friend ? Out hunting with his friend Dr. Roscio
shot and killed by unknown men. The murdered men were friends of professor
Laurana (Volonté), Dr. Roscio was the cousin of the lawyer
and politician Rosello
(Gabriele Ferzetti) and the widow of Roscio is beautiful Luisa (Irena
The police suspects that the motive for the murder is Honor, and they
arrest a peasant
and his two sons, as the dead Manno (Pistilli) was a womanizer and lived
wife and the 15 year old Rosina, the daughter of the peasant.
Everyone is satisfied with this outcome, except Paolo
who starts sleuthing around
for the real motive and the real killers.
The Arch priest Rosello, uncle of upcoming politician Rosello, thinks
Manno deserved to go to Hell for living with and having sex with two
Whodunit, who's behind the double killings ?
The film is presented on a blu-ray with a ratio of 1.85:1
and with italian audio DTS-HD
MA 2.0 and english subtitles.
Extra an Italian trailer, a short interview with the writer Leonardo
Sciascia, a picture
gallery and trailers of other films