Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

  • Dir: Elio Petri

  • Italy, 1970, 112minmins

  • Cast: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Salvo Randone

The opening strains of composer Ennio Morricone’s caperesque score set the bizarre tone as a sociopathic police chief (Volontè) slashes the throat of his lover during a sadomasochistic tryst, manipulates the murder scene in order to intentionally incriminate himself, and then takes part in the investigation to flagrantly demonstrate his own power. Petri takes lurid satire to the extreme and fills it with a scathing indictment of authoritarianism and corruption by police and government officials who are intent on keeping their twisted view of social order through means of repressive tactics and a contemptuous disregard for the law.


1970 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize of the Jury

1971 Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-09-16 (Fri)
      2016-10-08 (Sat)


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