4 October - 2 November 2014

a Photoworks production

Film: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

BPB14 Holding Image

Dukes at Komedia, Gardner St, Brighton
Mon 27  6.30-8.30pm

Dir. Elio Petri. Italy 1970. 112 mins. Italian with English subtitles (18)

A dark and satirical political thriller set during a time of internal political disturbance also explored in the BPB14 exhibition Amore e Piombo. A psychopathic Roman police inspector (Gian Maria Volonté) cracks down with relish on the political dissidents of the day. After slashing the throat of his masochistic mistress (Florinda Bolkan), the inspector is perversely put in charge of the investigation. With sadistic pleasure, he plants clues that implicate himself and then craftily diffuses them, ostensibly to prove his invincibility. As director Petri’s splitsecond edits rocket back and forth between flashback and detection, this film is a biting critique of Italian police methods and authoritarian repression, a psychological study of a budding crypto-fascist and a probing who-dunnit. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 1970.

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