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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.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Elio Petri (story by), Ugo Pirro (story by) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Dottore
Florinda Bolkan ... Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio Gianni Santuccio ... Questore
Orazio Orlando ... Brigadiere Biglia
Sergio Tramonti Sergio Tramonti ... Antonio Pace
Arturo Dominici ... Mangani
Aldo Rendine Aldo Rendine ... Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi ... Marito Terzi
Aleka Paizi Aleka Paizi ... Governante
Vittorio Duse ... Canes
Pino Patti ... Capo Reparto Intercettazioni
Salvo Randone ... Idraulico
Giuseppe Licastro Giuseppe Licastro
Filippo De Gara Filippo De Gara ... Agente
Fulvio Grimaldi Fulvio Grimaldi ... Patanè
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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Cameo (Elio Petri): Man sleeping during The Chief's speech. 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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Alternate Versions

Columbia also released the film in the United States in an English dubbed version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997) See more »

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Everyone is GUILTY when the legitimate abuse of violence happens (esp. those on top)
21 July 2006 | by imagineallthenamesSee all my reviews

Some comments in light of previous descriptions of the movie.

This movie is definitively about state violence. Even if to a viewer that has no foreknowledge of the police state that was instituted in Italy (with the help of the CIA as the movie alludes to) in order to keep the Communist Party from taking power (the PCI had the biggest following of any parties at that time), the fact remains that the movie is not much more surreal than the socio-political reality facing the film-maker.

Murders and "suicides" (while in police custody) of left-wing political activists and of anarchists are a fact that Elio Petri was painfully aware of. He made a documentary called "Streghi dello stato" "witches of the state" where Jean Maria Volonte and others expose such "suicides". Elio Petri was politically aware and through out his work there is criticism of the right wing of Italian politics (see TODO MORO).

I think that the movie is most powerful once you are aware of the fact that you can be victimized at the hands of an institution, esp. at the hands of an institution that exists only to maintain political order. Once the politicization of the priorities of those institutions that have the legitimate use of violence occurs, than meaningless violence towards the innocent will be allowed if punishing it would impair the political functions of the state machinery. Flora Balkan is perhaps a symbol for the masses, their love of violence and power, their love for the undoing of their freedoms.

A very fine movie that requires some effort, but that is always actual - thanks to an interesting narration of human nature. The movie does have it's flaws and i the action is not as invigorated as one expects it to be after the first 15 minutes, neither is the camera work at the level it has to be for this movie to be the greatest ever but it is still a hell of a great movie.

Whether or not you agree with this movie's negative portrayal of state violence and of that primal attraction that violence has (explored in a marvelously Mediterranean style in this movie) for so many could make the difference in how much you are puzzled by the movie. If you see it a a satire of power and violence - it might work.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 September 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$265,470
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vera Films S.p.a. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1970)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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