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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Italy | 1970 | 112 minutes | Elio Petri

A Roman police inspector kills his mistress and then purposely leaves clues to see if he'll be charged for the crime, in this 1970 Italian crime drama directed by Elio Petri and scored by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Stunning 4k Digital Restoration.

May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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This 1970 Italian crime drama, in a stunning 4K Digital Restoration, is one of the most renowned international films from its decade. The late Gian Maria Volonté stars in one of his most famous roles, that of a police inspector who kills his mistress and then leaves increasingly obvious clues to see if he will be charged for the crime. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion blends a critique of police corruption with a psychological study as the viewer puzzles out whether the inspector truly seeks discovery by his colleagues, who seem unable to grasp the possibility of his guilt, or is merely gloating over his invincibility. The film was released at a time of political and social upheaval in Italy, and suspicion of police corruption was rampant; both popular and controversial, it unsurprisingly came under fire from those in power in Italian law enforcement. Despite the backlash, however, it ended up the most critically successful film from director Elio Petri's career.

Restored in 4K by Colorworks in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata. Funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Director Biography

Elio Petri was an Italian filmmaker who died in 1982 at the age of 53. A writer of 31 films and a director of 17, his 1970 film, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® in 1971 as well as the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored in part by Osteria La Spiga

Director: Elio Petri
Principal Cast: Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio
Country: Italy
Year: 1970
Running Time: 112 minutes
Producer: Marina Cicogna, Daniele Senatore
Screenplay: Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro
Cinematographers: Luigi Kuveiller
Editors: Ruggero Mastroianni
Music: Ennio Morricone
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 1970 (Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize); Academy Awards 1971 (Best Foreign Language Film)
Filmography: Buone notizie (1979); Todo modo (1976); Property is no longer a theft (1973); Lulu the tool (1971); Un tranquillo posto di campagna (1968); The 10th Victim (1965); I giorni contati (1962); The Assassin (1961)
Language: Italian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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