Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ Blu-ray edition of Illustrious Corpses is a very welcome addition to the world of high definition physical media. Despite the film’s reputation, it hasn’t previously been among the easiest to find entries in respected World Cinema. Rosi’s film is a ponderous and largely non-verbal one, all the more ideal when it comes to star Lino Ventura.
Here we have an Italian visual effects-driven cat-and-mouse caper film that hinges on a female antihero pulling one over on a highly respected and famously successful male master detective. Filibus outwits the tests of time at every twist.