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The Assassin (1961)

L'assassino (original title)
Alfredo Martelli is picked up by the police in his apartment without justification. In the precinct, he slowly discovers what is the investigation about as we find out details about his life.

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Alfredo Martelli
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Adalgisa De Matteis
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Nicoletta Nogaro
Salvo Randone ...
Commissario Palumbo
Andrea Checchi ...
Morello
Francesco Grandjacquet ...
Vecchio signore
Marco Mariani ...
Commissario Margiotta
Franco Ressel ...
Dottore Francesconi
Mac Ronay ...
Suicida
Toni Ucci ...
Toni
Max Cartier ...
Bruno
Bruno Scipioni
Giovanna Gagliardo ...
Rosetta
Liana Ferri
Carlo Egidi ...
Amico di Nello
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The antiquarian Alfredo Martelli is brought to the precinct without any explanation to be interviewed by the Police Inspector Palumbo. During the questioning, Martelli learns that his wealthy mistress Adalgisa De Matteis, who is older than he, was stabbed to death and he is the prime suspect of the police officers. While in jail, Martelli recalls moments of his life with Adalgisa and his love affair with the young Nicoletta Nogaro. Meanwhile the police proceed with the investigation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Dated Thriller
28 March 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The antiquarian Alfredo Martelli (Marcello Mastroianni) is brought to the precinct without any explanation to be interviewed by the Police Inspector Palumbo (Salvo Randone). During the questioning, Martelli learns that his wealthy mistress Adalgisa De Matteis (Micheline Presle), who is older than he, was stabbed to death and he is the prime suspect of the police officers. While in jail, Martelli recalls moments of his life with Adalgisa and his love affair with the young Nicoletta Nogaro (Micheline Presle). Meanwhile the police proceed with the investigation.

"L'assassino" is a dated thriller by Elio Petri in his debut as director. The storyline slightly recalls Franz Kafka's "The Trial" where a man is arrested for an unspecified motive. Alfredo Martelli is a cynical man and the lack of communication between the characters keeps the atmosphere dark and gloomy. The black and white cinematography on the restored DVD is magnificent. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Assassino" ("The Assassin")


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