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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion(Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto)

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Italy · 1970
Rated R · 1h 51m
Director Elio Petri
Starring Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando
Genre Drama, Thriller

A chief of detectives, homicide section, commits a murder and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

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TV Guide Magazine by

A piercing satire of Italian investigative techniques, and an interesting meditation on the relationship between class and guilt.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

The film may have dated as a cautionary left-wing tale, yet it has stayed fresh as a study in the minutiae of power. [1 Oct. 2012, p.85]


Time Out by David Fear

A paranoid police procedural, a perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power, and a candidate for the greatest predated Patriot Act movie ever, Elio Petri's stunning thriller makes no attempt to hide the culprit behind the film's grisly murder.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

The movie survives beautifully both as an elegant thriller and as a study of the twisted infantilism that shapes the fanatic heart.


The Dissolve by Keith Phipps

As specific as the film is to Italy at the turn of the turbulent 1970s, it’s also a film about how power first corrupts, then makes mad those who possess it.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Like all good directors who make films about their own obsessions, Petri transmits an obsessive feeling in the film itself. "Investigation of a Citizen" is stylistically disconnected, but it works because it is absolutely fascinated with the nature of the inspector.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

Although Mr. Petri quite consciously makes movies about ideas, he has, in his "Investigation," made a movie in which the ideas, and the man who seethes with them, have the shock and impact of the most fundamental kind of melodrama.

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