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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (original title)
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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Gianni Santuccio ...
Questore
Orazio Orlando ...
Sergio Tramonti ...
Antonio Pace
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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
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Plumber
Giuseppe 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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Is there truly anybody today who is above investigation... above suspicion? See more »

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Crime | Drama

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9 September 1970 (Finland)  »

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion  »

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Trivia

In keeping with the Kafkaesque nature of the film, the city is not identified. Elio Petri deliberately avoided having any landmarks or other hints that the shooting location was Rome. 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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Masterpiece - Volonte's performance ranks with the immortals
7 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in December 1969 in New York. Apparently it did not open in LA before the year ended and, as a consequence, won best foreign film for 1970 (Z won for 1969). In the 1990's sometime IFC aired the film and I was lucky enough to tape it and then transfer it to DVD.

During the years following seeing the film, I would recommend the film to all my friends. What struck me when I had the chance to view it again was how well I had remembered the movie, every scene. Few, if any, movies ever made such a lasting impression from my first viewing and it still has that effect.

Besides the great script and direction, what made it complete was one of the finest performances by an actor I've ever seen. It is up there with the greatest work of such as Olivier, O'Toole, Depardieu and Mastroianni, to name a few whose work was staggering.

As to its unavailability, maybe someone should rattle IFC's cage asking them to air it again or maybe get TCM to air it.


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