Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Directed by Elio Petri • 1970 • Italy
Starring Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio

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.

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    Directed by Elio Petri • 1970 • Italy
    Starring Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio

    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 rea...

Extras

  • Elio Petri on INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION

    In this excerpt from the October 25, 1970, episode of the French television program “Le journal du cinéma,” director Elio Petri talks to film critic Alexandre Astruc about INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION.

  • On INVESTIGATION

    This interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni about INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION was conducted in August 2013.

  • Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker

    This ninety-minute documentary from 2005 examines the career of INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION director Elio Petri and features interviews with his collaborators and friends, including filmmakers Robert Altman, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Gillo Pontecorvo; production designer Dante Ferre...

  • Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté

    This hour-long documentary from 2008, directed by Andre Bettinetti, explores the celebrated career of Gian Maria Volonté, who starred in four films by Elio Petri, including INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, and features interviews with actor himself.

  • Music in His Blood

    Legendary Composer Ennio Morricone collaborated with director Elio Petri on six films. In this twenty-minute conversation with Fabio Ferzetti, recorded in 2010, Morricone discusses his approach to creating the score for INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION.