A Pure Formality
|A Pure Formality|
|Directed by||Giuseppe Tornatore|
|Produced by||Bruno Altissimi
Mario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
|Written by||Giuseppe Tornatore
Nicola Di Pinto
Maria Rosa Spagnolo
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Giuseppe Tornatore|
|Release dates||18 May 1994 (France)
12 January 1995 (Germany)
30 March 1995 (Spain)
|Running time||108 minutes|
A Pure Formality (Italian: Una Pura Formalità) is a 1994 thriller film directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore. It stars Gérard Depardieu as a reclusive writer and Roman Polanski as a police detective.
Depardieu's character is Onoff, a famous writer who is now a recluse. The Inspector (Polanski) is suspicious when Onoff is brought into the station one night, disoriented and suffering a kind of amnesia. As the head of an isolated, rural police station the Inspector tries to establish events through careful interrogation and deduction. By painstaking inquiry, he clears up a mysterious killing and brings the writer a new and strange realisation.
- Gérard Depardieu - Onoff
- Roman Polanski - Inspector
- Sergio Rubini - Andre, the Young Policeman
- Nicola Di Pinto - Captain
- Tano Cimarosa - Servant
- Paolo Lombardi - Marshall
- Maria Rosa Spagnolo - Paula
- Alberto Sironi
- Giovanni Morricone
- Mahdi Kraiem
- Massimo Vanni
- Sebastiano Filocamo
Several films are inspired by A Pure Formality's idea (1994) of the mystery of the living versus the dead. The best example is The Sixth Sense (1999) from M. Night Shyamalan, another is The Others (2001) from Alejandro Amenábar.
- "Festival de Cannes: A Pure Formality". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
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