Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal Filippo Spada (Ekland) is a spy and is going to denounce his revolutionary companions. So Cornacchia decides to report Spada to two "Carbonari" (kind of Freemasons) to kill Spada. The two, Montanari (Hossein) and Targhini (Verley) fail to kill him and decide to escape from Rome. But they are arrested and sentenced to death. Cornacchia will spend his last chance to save them.
Did You Know?
One of the main characters is the mysterious poet nicknamed "Pasquino", who, according to popular tradition, wrote satires attacking famous figures of Papal Rome. The tradition to attach to statues anonymous criticisms aimed at public figures really existed for many years in Rome: one of those statues, among the most used, was indeed nicknamed Pasquino, and the anonymous messages "Pasquinate". See more
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