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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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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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20 August 1970 (Argentina)  »

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Ermittlungen gegen einen über jeden Verdacht erhabenen Bürger  »

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Cannon had hoped to remake this in the mid 80's with Sidney Lumet or Andrei Konchalovsky directing. Al Pacino and Christopher Walken were to star , and Paul Schrader was the scripted. 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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Referenced in La macchinazione (2016) See more »

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Getting Away With Murder in a Great Movie of the 1970's
3 August 2010 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" is a Italian film released in 1970 with an original, provocative and challengeable story about how corruptive and deceivable some people might be and that those who supposed to be on the right side of the law are more likely to do bad things.

In Elio Petri's film Gian Maria Volonté plays a chief of police in charge of the complex murder of a prostitute (played by Brazilian actress Florinda Bolkan). Detail: He killed her and he left clues deliberately trying to get caught by his colleagues. The romantic involvement between the woman and the chief of police is presented in flashbacks, showing the crime's motivation. And along with the difficult (and you can even say ironic, funny) investigation there's Italy's political background during the 1970's since the chief of police is also trying to arrest many communists manifestants who are fighting against the new political establishment. Some of the characters and the movie's visual reminds of "Z", but this thriller is a little more soft and less complicated. Both are fascinating and must see movies of all time.

"Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" is a powerful statement on hypocrisy and corporatism disguised as an investigation movie. The main character always poses as someone arrogant, who feels that he's the law and every people should respect him even his lover but she's more wise and tries to humiliate him all the time. Here's a guy who persecutes all the supposed enemies of the government claiming that the country needs to have a firm and solid moral structure free of communists, homosexuals, manifestants, and prostitutes but he's involved with one and killed her yet he wants to be arrested so that he can say that the law was respected. One thing is ironic and good about him is that he tries to frame someone as the possible murder of the woman but he always finds a way to make these people innocent, very fast.

A great accomplish by Gian Maria Volonte who played the chief of police brilliantly, with enormous qualities in a flawless performance. His character only demonstrates his desire to get caught, leaving clues, prints, but when he sees that his colleagues are not working very well he gets mad always trying to leave more and more clues.

Winner of the Academy Award of Best Foreign Film in 1971 and nominated for Best Screenplay in the following year, this movie was robbed an nomination for best music (composed by the exceptional Ennio Morricone), a great and thrilling piece of composition. One of those themes you can't easily forget. Great cinema from the 1970's. 10/10


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