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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Spine #682

Dec 3, 2013

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Italian PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

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Directed By: Elio Petri
Starring: Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan
Licensor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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 Volonte?) 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.

  • 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


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