Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Reviews
Psicologico perché smaschera le debolezze e le insicurezze di un uomo, tanto piccolo nella sfera privata quanto autoritario nella sua forma pubblica. Sociologico perché contesta l'autorevolezza e l'incorruttibilità della giustizia in realtà fatta da uomini imperfetti.
Una recitazione spettacolare, non solo da parte di Volontè ma anche degli altri attori. Il tutto accompagnato dalla ormai emblematica colonna sonora di Ennio Morricone.
Un grandissimo film ancora valido, provacatico ed onirico.
The film's story is about a police chief who murders his mistress, then drops hints, both subtle and not so subtle, that he's the one who did it. A brilliant setup, and one that succeeds quite well.
Our killer chief is played by Gian Maria Volonte, and he rises to the task brilliantly. He has to walk a fine line, both in making his role as murderer credible, but also his role as someone who would be overlooked as the murderer as well. Volonte manages both tasks with relative ease. Heck, the first show of the film is him looking straight at the camera, almost taunting the audience to prove what the Italian police cannot.
The film asks a lot of interesting questions like whether or not he's doing it prove how easy it is or whether he wants to be caught. The chief (he's never given a name) becomes so blatant later on, that's your jaw is dropping at the sheer lunacy that nobody has figured it out, even though several characters are implied to have done so. Mind-boggling and maddening in the best way.
It's great. It's really great. That's all there is to it.
Arguably, this is Elio Petri's most famous film, an Oscar's BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM crowner, and won him 2 awards in CANNES that year, Petri may not occupy an international cachet so high as his Italian peers, but the film can potently justify his talent, it is an authentic gas, wonderfully designed camerawork with a great architectonic predilection, astute sense of unpicking the tacit phone-interception dirty business, a twitchy sensibility towards the rotten authorities, and upbraids an undeniable self-awareness of being politically-biased.
Volonté is tailor-made for the leading role, a typical male chauvinist, over-cocksure by appearance while underneath he is a man haunted by his impotence and jealousy (Bolken has mentioned a few times he is only a child which effectively irritates him), although ambiguous about the raison d'être of his act, Volonté is confident, menacing and impressive out of his common Spaghetti image. Bolken is billed as the co-lead, but mostly appears in flashback and the film has curtailed her character to a sexy trophy, a power-worshipper and a dispensable pawn whose stupidity overshadows her own demise, nevertheless she is a stunner in all her shots. The standout of the all-male supporting cast is Salvo Randone as an innocent plumber, who caves in poignantly in front of power, a bona-fide scene stealer.
Last but not the least is Ennio Morricone's score, the repeated motif has a synthesized rhythm, catchy and indelible, throughout the film, it renders the film a touch of ridicule and never leave any chance for the audiences to be bored by the doctrinal tone the film unintentionally betrays.