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Marek at the Derby ID Fest - Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

By midlandsmovies, Jun 19 2013 04:42PM

Midlands Movies Marek headed to Derby's ID Fest last month and checked out the recent reissue of "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion". Currently only available on import, hear what he has to say about this 1970 classic from Elio Petri

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) Elio Petri

Recently reissued this multi-award winning film features an impressive cast including Italian cinema regulars Gian Maria Volonté, more well known for his work in westerns such as 'A Fistful of Dollars', and Florinda Balkan (Don't torture a duckling, Lizard in a woman's skin).

Encompassing a multi-layered approach, allowing the viewer to enjoy on several layers, as Petri combines social satire and black humour to great effect as he depicts the chief of homicide murdering his lover and leaving ever more blatant clues as to his guilt for his colleagues to investigate, but would they ever suspect him?

This is a fantastic piece of work as the viewer never knows what is going to happen despite knowing who the killer is almost immediately. But this is no ordinary cat and mouse detective movie, in fact quite the opposite and it is this, alongside the stab at corrupt and repressive authority, that elevates the film and makes compelling viewing. To say anymore may ruin the experience for some, however, I implore all film fans to check out this treasure.

9 out of 10

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