Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: A Ciascuno Il Suo
Italy, 1967. Cemo Film. Screenplay by Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro, based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia. Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller. Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello. Music by Luis Bacalov. Production Design by Sergio Canevari. Costume Design by Luciana Marinucci. Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.
One of the highlights of Elio Petri’s long, distinguished career is this wonderful political thriller. Gian Maria Volonté is excellent as a leftist professor who returns to his Sicilian hometown and stumbles upon the murder of two important men during a hunting party. His investigation takes him as far as corrupt politicians and church leaders, as well as notable mafiosi, all of them trying but never convincing him well enough that he is playing with dangerous fire. Irene Papas is stunning as a woman close to the prime suspect who helps our protagonist in his quest to find the truth about the real events. Engrossing and politically turbulent, this film shows what little wonder it was that Petri was kicked out of Italy: neither church nor state emerge from the story unscathed, and Petri’s true opinion of them shines quite clear in the film’s tongue-in-cheek ending. Seeing as it is almost impossible to find, consider yourself lucky should you manage to get your hands on a copy of this marvelous work.
Cannes Film Festival Award: Best Screenplay