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A Pure Formality (1994)
"Una pura formalità" (original title)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  26 May 1995 (USA)
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Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

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Alberto Sironi
Giovanni Morricone
Mahdi Kraiem
Massimo Vanni
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Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious. Through interrogatory dialectic, the head of this lonely, isolated, broken-down police station tries to establish what has happened, by delving into the mind of his writer-hero, and clearing up a mysterious killing. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for brief shocking violence and momentary language | See all certifications »
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[repeated line]
Onoff: I'll take your advice and keep quiet.
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Music by Andrea Morricone and Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Pascal Quignard and Giuseppe Tornatore
Performed by Gérard Depardieu
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Intriguing discovery
21 December 1999 | by (Bogota, Colombia) – See all my reviews

I watched this film captured by the presence of Roman Polanski in the credits. The result was very intriguing. Through the reminiscences of famous writer Onoff (Depardieu) and the shrewd interventions of the Inspector (Polanski) the crime is effectively solved. The dialogue is exceptional, and both men's performances are quite good. Basically this is a very interesting and intriguing film, and fortunately not pretentious. Highly recommendable.


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