Investigation of a citizen above suspicion

Investigation of a citizen above suspicion

DVD - 2013 | Italian
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Elio Petri's acclaimed Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector investigating a heinous crime-which he committed himself. Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early '70s, Petri's kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Branch Call Number: ITA MOVIE INV
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
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2 videodiscs (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Jul 29, 2015

There is often a thin line between scathing satire and smug sarcasm, and Elio Petri’s cynical Oscar-winner, part one of his “Trilogy of Neuroses”, skirts that line more often than not. Leads Gian Maria Volonté as the detective and Florinda Bolkan as the hapless courtesan he murders are perfectly matched with Bolkan’s bohemian beauty providing the mirror image of Volonté’s frantic autocrat—their fiery interactions, told in flashback, forming the film’s backbone. Blackly comical and lacking in finesse, Petri’s shrill sermon on the amorality (über-morality?) of power toys with nihilism but the sense of despair is confined to the shallows and the wry smiles are well aimed and hearty enough.

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eliasmerkins
Jul 15, 2014

A fantastic 1970's movie directed by Elio Petri. It is a very interesting look at the relationship between power, politics and human desire. The bizarre and sometimes absurd storytelling just adds value to the whole film. It is a part of a trilogy.
If you like straight forward movies then this is not for you.

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