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Festival in Media
Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: Italy 
Year: 1970


Indaginesuuncittadino al di sopra di ognisospetto 

color/115 minutes

Director: Elio Petri Screenplay: Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro Cinematography:Luigi Kuveiller Editing:Ruggero Mastroianni Music: Ennio Morricone Cast: Gian Maria Volontè, FlorindaBolkan

A recently promoted police inspector kills his mistress, and then covers up his involvement in the crime. He insinuates himself into the investigation, planting clues to steer his subordinate officers toward a series of other suspects, including the woman's gay husband and a student radical. He then exonerates the other suspects and leads the investigators toward him, in order to prove that he is "above suspicion" and can get away with anything, even while being investigated. In the end, he confesses to the crime in front of his superiors - who refuse to believe him. Sure that he is safe, he recants his confession, and receives the approval of the police commissioner.

Production: Vera Film

Elio Petri

Elio Petri was born on January 29, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Eraclio Petri. He was a writer and director, known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), A Quiet Place in the Country (1968) and The Assassin (1961). He died on November 10, 1982 in Rome.






1979 Good News

1976 Todomodo

1973 Property Is No Longer a Theft

1971 Lulu the Tool

1970 Documentisu Giuseppe Pinelli (Documentary short)

1970 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

1968 A Quiet Place in the Country

1967 We Still Kill the Old Way

1965 The 10th Victim

1964 L'Italia con Togliatti (Documentary short)

1964 High Infidelity (episode "Peccatonelpomeriggio")

1963 The Teacher from Vigevano

1963 Nudi per vivere (Documentary) (as ElioMontesti)

1962 His Days Are Numbered

1961 The Assassin

1958 I settecontadini (Documentary short)


1953 Nasceuncampione (Documentary short)