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Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970)

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio ...
Questore
Orazio Orlando ...
Brigadiere Biglia
Sergio Tramonti ...
Antonio Pace
Arturo Dominici ...
Mangani
Aldo Rendine ...
Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi ...
Terzi - Augusta's Husband
Aleka Paizi ...
Inspector's Maid
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Canes
Pino Patti ...
Head of wire-tapping office
Salvo Randone ...
Plumber
Giuseppe Licastro ...
(as Giuseppi Licastro)
Filippo De Gara ...
Police Official
Fulvio Grimaldi ...
Patanè - 'Paese Sera' journalist
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A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. Written by Damir Dukich <Damir.Dukic@snet.fer.uni-lj.si>

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When you're a big man in the big city, can you get away with murder ? [UK Theatrical]

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Crime | Drama

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20 August 1970 (Argentina)  »

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Ermittlungen gegen einen über jeden Verdacht erhabenen Bürger  »

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1.85 : 1
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First part of the "Trilogy of Neurosis", also including Lulu the Tool (1971) and La proprietà non è più un furto (1973). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Augusta Terzi: How are you going to kill me today?
Il Dottore - Former head of homicide squad: I'm going to cut your throat.
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Mildly engaging, but I felt somewhat overrated... Blu-ray: Excellent (for it's age) A:9 V:9
28 June 2013 | by (Sunny Southern California, USA) – See all my reviews

After reading all these glowing praise filled reviews, I kind of feel like either I'm not very bright or I must have missed something.

Don't get me wrong, the idea for the film is clever. I think though what it is about the movie that leaves me somewhat dissatisfied is, as another reviewer here mentioned, that it comes across as very one dimensional and one-note in it's presentation.

People here are saying 'This is the greatest of Italian Cinema'... Well, I can immediately think of at least 10 Italian films right off the top that I like a HELL of a lot better than this one. There are some truly Classic Italian Gialli to die for, but that's just me... I guess I must apparently be missing something. Like many other reviewers here, I KNOW that the point of the film is that in a kind of Kafka-esque way the highly placed bureaucrat CANNOT get himself caught even though he is compelled to tell his men to 'do their job!' Thus the clear title of the film. And, as also mentioned here, I KNOW it is about the Fascism of the state, etc... So, the premise itself is indeed quite novel and interesting.

I don't know... I just didn't really find it that entertaining personally. I thought what it was trying to get across was a good point, but EXTREMELY simple and not really that interesting, at least to me. And the soundtrack... EVERYONE is just about foaming at the mouth at how this is the BEST Morricone score EVER! Well, I don't see it. That annoying spring 'Boing' sound every frigg'n 20 seconds gets VERY, VERY old after a while. I found it annoying and not at all likable or 'Brilliant', sorry...

And, although the performance of the lead character was excellent and he obviously did an outstanding job in his role, still, overall, I just couldn't get into the film at any level. There was nothing special I felt about the screenplay or dialog that was clever or memorable; I didn't find the overall plot or story that interesting, although the idea itself was rather unique and possibly COULD have been much more involving. It just came across to me like the same note being played over and over and over...

It appears that in this case, just about every one else here is at odds with me about this movie, but what I primarily look for is whether a film is ENJOYABLE & ENTERTAINING; I'm afraid that I just don't feel that this was the case here. When I review films, I put that particular parameter FIRST above all others; in other words, no matter what the genre or even whether I particularly like it or not, I try to put myself in the place of the average movie-goer (or movie lover) and try to determine firstly if the film was truly entertaining or engaging in any way. And, after 2 long hours of this one, I just felt that I really wish I had chosen something else to watch...

I admit, I may very well be missing the point of this movie. OR... possibly the particular style in which this film was made just simply doesn't resonate with me personally. So, the honest recommendation from me would be to suggest that you read numerous detailed reviews here to get a better overall picture of WHY many here DO like this movie and then judge for yourselves. But, I just wanted to include my personal take on it in case there are others who might possibly have a similar reaction to this film that I did...


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