While a plague-like epidemic rages outside, Italy’s political leaders and influencers convene in a brutalist bunker for a bizarre, multi-day religious ceremony presided over by Mastroianni’s creepy priest. It’s an atmosphere thick with paranoia, pent-up sexual frustration, and gnawing Catholic guilt—and then the mysterious murders begin… Elio Petri’s byzantine satire of Italian spiritual and political corruption sustains a claustrophobic air of sinister surrealism via Dante Ferretti’s uncanny art direction; eerie Ennio Morricone score; and stylized, all-stops-out performances from Mastroianni and fellow Italian cinema great Gian Maria Volontè. 35mm print from Istituto Luce Cinecittà.