Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

ELIO PETRI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto

Italy, 1970.  Vera Films S.p.a..  Screenplay by Elio Petri, Cinematography by .Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

No one made political films like Elio Petri, and this excellent drama is one of his hottest button-pushers.   is electrifying as a policeman who commits a murder and then heads up the investigation to solve the crime, leaving behind obvious clues that lead to his guilt. What he ends up walking into is a system of fascism so intent on protecting its leaders that his responsibility in the matter is completely ignored by his superiors. It’s a rarely seen gem, hard to find but worth watching if you do come across it.

The Criterion Collection:  #682

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film (1970)
Nomination: Best Original Story and Screenplay (1971)

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Jury Prize

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Foreign Film

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