Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Overview

Better known as Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, this Oscar-winning political drama stars Gian Maria Volonte as the citizen of the title, an unnamed police inspector. The story finds the inspector calmly cutting his mistress' throat, then planting evidence that will clear him of accusation -- and attempting to evade arrest by virtue of his "clean" public image. Elio Petri's own anti-establishment stance was never more pronounced than in this film, where the truth is whatever the ruling class chooses to...
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Overview

Better known as Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, this Oscar-winning political drama stars Gian Maria Volonte as the citizen of the title, an unnamed police inspector. The story finds the inspector calmly cutting his mistress' throat, then planting evidence that will clear him of accusation -- and attempting to evade arrest by virtue of his "clean" public image. Elio Petri's own anti-establishment stance was never more pronounced than in this film, where the truth is whatever the ruling class chooses to acknowledge. The original Italian title of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion was Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogna Sospetto.
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Special Features

New 4K digital film restoration, with uncompressd 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 sixty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté; Music in His Blood, an interview with conductor Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti; Trailers; New English subtitle translation; One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats; PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by screenwriter Ugo Pirro
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Editorial Reviews

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This 1971 winner of the Best Foreign Film award at the Oscars is a controversial, memorable piece of work. The twisty-turny narrative of Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto goes over the top with its political content (comparing police authority and fascism in ways that will make conservative viewers squirm) but its thriller elements work like a charm, creating an almost suffocating atmosphere of paranoia that becomes more intense as it reaches its end. Elio Petri's directorial approach rises up to meet the demands of the narrative, making effective use of lush photography from Luigi Kuveiller and a quirky score from Ennio Morricone to create a setting for the tale that is alluring, horrifying and blackly comedic by turns. However, the most important elements to selling the world of Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto is the performances. Thankfully, they deliver the necessary flesh-and-blood intensity: Gian Maria Volonte is frightfully convincing as the anti-hero, a man whose inner turmoil expresses itself through a desire to twist and control the lives of others, and Florinda Bolkan is seductive and chilly by turns as the free-thinking object of his romantic obsession. In short, Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto remains a disorienting and effective piece of agit-prop, even if one doesn't agree with its messages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • UPC: 715515110310
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,166

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gian Maria Volonté Police Inspector
Florinda Bolkan Augusta
Salvo Randone Plumber
Gianni Santuccio Police Commissioner
Arturo Dominici Mangani
Orazio Orlando Biglia
Sergio Tramonti Antonio Pace
Vittorio Duse
Ugo Adinolfi
Massimo Foschi Augusta's Husband
Aldo Rendine Homicide Functionary
Technical Credits
Elio Petri Director, Screenwriter
Romano Cardarelli Production Designer
Franco Corridoni Makeup
Carlo Egidi Art Director
Sonya Mays Friedman Makeup
Luigi Kuveiller Cinematographer
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Mayer Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Bruno Nicolai Musical Direction/Supervision
Ugo Pirro Screenwriter
Angela Sammaciccia Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniele Senatore Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Investigation of a Citzen Above Suspicion
1. The Crime
2. Murder Squad
3. The Photographs
4. Political Dissidents
5. Fingerprints
6. The Husband
7. Above Suspicion
8. The Tie
9. The Idea
10. Accused
11. Revolutionaries
12. The Interrogation
13. Confession
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- Investigation of a Citzen Above Suspicion
1. The Everyman's Art [7:08]
2. The Assassin and Censorship [5:29]
3. A Personal Film [6:34]
4. Going Mainstream [6:11]
5. We Still Kill the Old Way and Cannes [4:08]
6. Experimental Horror [6:23]
7. Investigation of a Man [11:50]
8. The Workers' Cinema [6:46]
9. Political Backlash [7:40]
10. Todo Modo, the Lost Film [7:02]
11. The Last Screenplay [10:32]
1. Chapter 1 [8:31]
2. Chapter 2 [10:30]
3. Chapter 3 [10:29]
4. Chapter 4 [10:51]
5. Chapter 5 [14:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Investigation of a Citzen Above Suspicion
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Elio Petri
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   On Investigation
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   Trailers
   Subtitles
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Disc #2 -- Investigation of a Citzen Above Suspicion
   Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker
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      Index
   Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté
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      Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté: Chapters
   Music in His Blood
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   Subtitles
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