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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
1970 / Italy / 115 min. / Colour
Director: Elio Petri
Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan
This 1970 Italian crime film is a dramatic, psychological, black-humoured satire on corruption in high office. It’s an ingenious thriller with a unique and compelling plot – a recently promoted police inspector kills his mistress and then covers up his involvement; insinuates himself into the investigation; plants clues to frame, first, a series of other suspects and then himself to prove he is above suspicion. But will he get away with it? It’s stylishly shot and because, in Italy at least, 1970 was not the start of the decade that taste forgot, the world looks, well, a lot cooler than post-Beatles Britain.