Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
- Directed by: Elio Petri
- ITALY, 1970, 112 minutes
- In Italian with English subtitles
- Rated R
Winner of the 1971 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and remarkably nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar® the following year, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION is an extraordinary, macabre, and perversely funny thriller about the pathology of power and obsession. An influential police inspector (the mesmerizing Gian Maria Volonte) kills his mistress and deliberately plants clues implicating himself in the crime to prove that his position puts him entirely “above suspicion.” The frustration caused by the inspector’s conflicting senses of guilt and omnipotence adds a fascinating element to the complicated cat-and-mouse game he plays with his colleagues. A huge success in its own country and the film that inaugurated the cinema politico genre in 1970s Italy, this extremely potent blend of psychology and suspense also won the FIPRESCI and Grand Jury Prizes at Cannes and the Best Film and Best Actor Awards at the David di Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars) and Italian Golden Globes. It is presented here in a stunning, brand-new 4K digital restoration created in conjunction with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.