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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Elio Petri

 
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • Italy
  • 1970
  • 115 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #682

The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (a commanding Gian Maria Volonté) investigating a heinous crime—which he himself committed. Both a compelling character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian government crackdowns in Italy in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.

Cast

Chief inspectorGian Maria Volonté
Augusta TerziFlorinda Bolkan
Police commissionerGianni Santuccio
Sergeant BigliaOrazio Orlando
Antonio PaceSergio Tramonti
ManganiArturo Dominici
Nicola PanunzioAldo Rendine
Augusta’s husbandMassimo Foschi
Chief inspector’s maidAleka Paizi
CanesVittorio Duse
Plumber Salvo Randone
Patanè, the journalist Fulvio Grimaldi
Head of wiretappingPino Patti

Credits

DirectorElio Petri
WritersUgo Pirro and Elio Petri
ProducersMarina Cicogna and Daniele Senatore
Director of photographyLuigi Kuveiller
EditorRuggero Mastroianni
Production designRomano Cardarelli
Art directorCarlo Egidi
MusicEnnio Morricone
CostumesAngela Sammaciccia

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc
  • Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker (2005), a ninety-minute documentary on the director’s career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers
  • New interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni
  • Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté (2008), a fifty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté
  • Music in His Blood, an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by screenwriter Ugo Pirro

    New cover by Fred Davis

Film Essays

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion: The Long Harm of the Law

By Evan Calder Williams December 03, 2013

This scathing drama about a toxic society established Elio Petri as an important director of popular political entertainment in Italy. Read more »

Three Reasons


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A Visual Investigation

December 04, 2013


Film Essays

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion: The Long Harm of the Law

By Evan Calder Williams December 03, 2013

This scathing drama about a toxic society established Elio Petri as an important director of popular political entertainment in Italy. Read more »