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The Facts of Murder (1959)

Un maledetto imbroglio (original title)
A police detective and his team attempt to solve two crimes committed within a day of each other in neighboring apartment rooms.

Director:

Pietro Germi

Writers:

Alfredo Giannetti (screenplay), Ennio De Concini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pietro Germi ... Il Dott. Ingravallo
Claudia Cardinale ... La Servetta
Franco Fabrizi ... Il Cugino
Cristina Gaioni ... La Matta (as Cristina Gajoni)
Claudio Gora ... Il Marito
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... L'Assassinata
Saro Urzì ... Il Maresciallo P.S.
Nino Castelnuovo ... L'Elettricista
Ildebrando Santafe Ildebrando Santafe ... Lo Strano Comm. Anzaloni (as Ildebrando Santafé)
Peppino De Martino Peppino De Martino ... Il Dott. Fumi
Silla Bettini Silla Bettini ... Il Brigadiere Oreste (as Silla)
Rosolino Bua Rosolino Bua ... Il Parroco dei 4 Santi
Loretta Capitoli Loretta Capitoli ... Camilla la Beduina
Nanda De Santis Nanda De Santis ... Zumira la Sdentata
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... 1° Ladro (Retalli)
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Storyline

A masked bandit steals valuables from Commendatore Anzaloni's apartment and flees, leaving Anzaloni unharmed. Inspector Ingravallo is called in. The robbery is suspicious; the thief found the jewellery too quickly. The neighbour, Liliana Banducci, employs a servant girl, Assuntina. Her fiancé, Diomede, tries to flee when he sees police tailing Assuntina. But Diomede has an alibi, a rich American woman... Liliana's cousin, Dr. Valdarena, pays her a visit, only to find her body on the floor. But before calling police, Valdarena removes an envelope addressed to him from the sideboard... Liliana's husband Remo was away from Rome at the time of the murder, but he is surprised to hear that Liliana had changed her will only the week before... Written by David Carless

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Pietro Germi won the best director award at the March 1960 Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina, for this film. See more »

Goofs

The cameraman is clearly visible on the left of the frame in the actual murder scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

A restored version has been released in 1999, edited by Vincenzo Verzini. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Man with a Cigar in His Mouth (1997) See more »

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Sinnò me moro
Written by Carlo Rustichelli (as C. Rustichelli)
Performed by Alida Chelli
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Rivals DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE as Germi's best film
8 March 2003 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

The early Germi films, though they take place in Italy, are mostly pastiches of American genre films. IN THE NAME OF THE LAW (1948) borrows from a host of American westerns about sheriffs who, against all odds and without much help from the townspeople, clean up the town and expose the complicity between a prominent town father and the outlaws. THE WAY OF HOPE (1950) is much like THE GRAPES OF WRATH, depicting the trek of a group of dispossessed workers following an evanescent lead for work in another land. (There's even a scene where they get work on a farm and are called scabs by striking workers, very similar to Ford's film.) THE BRIGAND OF TACCA DI LUPO (1952) is similar to Ford's FORT APACHE: the martinet who insists that men on field campaign for three years adhere to strict protocol, who doesn't know the difference between a good Indian and a bad one, and who insists on leading his men into danger against all the advice of seasoned professionals. FOUR WAYS OUT (1952) is much like THE ASPHALT JUNGLE in plot and tone. All of these films are impeccably made, beautifully photographed and acted, with no false notes, and with neorealist overtones (three were co-written by Fellini). However, they're all a bit slow, a bit too derivative, and they all generate more respect than enthusiasm.

THE FACTS OF MURDER is something else entirely, It is another genre film, borrowing from many police procedurals, yet here one feels that Germi has finally graduated from respectful pastiches to create a work that is completely successful on its own. The plot, about a robbery in one apartment, and a murder in an apartment across the hall a week later, is so complex that it's hard to follow at times (in some ways it's similar to the complex Chandler novels, and with a similar denouement) but it's richly detailed, with many interesting characters. Germi is a superb actor and his handling of other actors is sure. The interplay between the three detectives is sophisticated and clever, and has the ring of actuality. The pace is fast but not rushed, and the writing and the pictorialization are richly nuanced. Above all, it is a highly entertaining film!

This is the film where Germi seems to have come into his own as a master filmmaker, where he still has some the neorealist characters and story structure from his earlier period but also has the biting humor and social satire of his later films. It rivals DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE as his best film, and is a must see.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Riama Film See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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