Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Poster.jpg
Original poster
Directed by Elio Petri
Produced by Marina Cicogna
Daniele Senatore
Written by Elio Petri
Ugo Pirro
Starring Gian Maria Volonté
Florinda Bolkan
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Luigi Kuveiller
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (US release)
Release dates
  • 9 February 1970 (1970-02-09)
Running time 112 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italian: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto) is a 1970 Italian film crime drama directed by Elio Petri. It is a dramatic, psychological, black-humoured satire on corruption in high office, telling the story of a top police officer, played by Gian Maria Volonté, who kills his mistress, played by Florinda Bolkan, and then tests whether the police would charge him for this crime. During the movie, he is seen planting obvious clues while the other police officers ignore them, either intentionally or not.

Volonté performed one of his most celebrated roles as the idiosyncratic, nervous police inspector, portraying a clichéd authoritarian southern Italian police functionary.

Plot[edit]

A police inspector, passed with flying colours for the research team murders, suddenly with extreme violence kills his girlfriend. His reasons for committing this crime are shown through various flashbacks.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Gian Maria Volonté Police Inspector
Florinda Bolkan Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio Police Commissioner
Orazio Orlando Biglia
Sergio Tramonti Antonio Pace
Arturo Dominici Mangani
Aldo Rendine Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi Augusta's Husband
Aleka Paizi Inspector's Maid
Vittorio Duse Canes
Pino Patti
Salvo Randone Plumber
Giuseppe Licastro
Filippo De Gara Policeman
Fulvio Grimaldi Paese Sera journalist

Awards[edit]

Florinda Bolkan as Augusta Terzi in Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

The film was highly regarded in its own time, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,[1] and both the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prize at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Also it won as Best Foreign Language Film at the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards 1971 and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Mystery Screenplay.

Critical reception[edit]

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion was well received by critics and is widely considered one of the best international films of the 1970s. The New York Times called the film "a suspense melodrama with the moral concerns of angry satire...When it opened in Italy early this year (and later, when it was shown at Cannes), Investigation was hailed for the ways in which it exposed the corrupt, authoritarian practices of the police, who place themselves above their own laws...The story moves forward with a relentless momentum. It is a political parable, and a stunning movie."[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (1970-12-21). "Film: 'Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion':Suspense Melodrama Opens at Baronet". The New York Times. 

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