Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Reviews

  • May 15, 2020

    Flawless direction, creative camerawork, and a tour de force performance by Gian Maria Volonté (along with a memorable Ennio Morricone score) all highlight this Oscar-winning police drama, and one of the most important cinematic critiques of post-war Italian culture to come out of the 1970s.

    Flawless direction, creative camerawork, and a tour de force performance by Gian Maria Volonté (along with a memorable Ennio Morricone score) all highlight this Oscar-winning police drama, and one of the most important cinematic critiques of post-war Italian culture to come out of the 1970s.

  • May 04, 2019

    The opening is excellent, but the film starts to grate as it becomes clear that the main character acts in order to demonstrate a political hypothesis of the director. Too much politics, not enough attention to credible characterization - and as a result the political message fails, too.

    The opening is excellent, but the film starts to grate as it becomes clear that the main character acts in order to demonstrate a political hypothesis of the director. Too much politics, not enough attention to credible characterization - and as a result the political message fails, too.

  • Jul 23, 2017

    An extremely well shot thriller with edge-of-your-seat tension and a thought-provoking political message.

    An extremely well shot thriller with edge-of-your-seat tension and a thought-provoking political message.

  • Jul 18, 2017

    Now this is a movie.

    Now this is a movie.

  • Jun 22, 2017

    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is certainly very well acted, directed and its premise is excellent and it gives us a really interesting angle to a regular crime flick, but it is still a product of its time in some scenes, it is technically not the greatest and it became more unbelievable as it progressed leading to a solid film which had the potential to be much better.

    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is certainly very well acted, directed and its premise is excellent and it gives us a really interesting angle to a regular crime flick, but it is still a product of its time in some scenes, it is technically not the greatest and it became more unbelievable as it progressed leading to a solid film which had the potential to be much better.

  • Dec 21, 2016

    Almost grotesque in its point-making, Petri's film targets corruption, fascism, and power by showing that a leader of the police force might theoretically be immune from prosecution, even for murder. Gian Maria Volonte plays said cop, the head of the homicide division (but promoted to the head of the political division as the film begins), who murders his mistress and plants obvious clues incriminating himself to test whether he really is "above suspicion". Rather garish to look at, as some Italian films seem to be, and full of travelling shots, flashbacks, and minor characters that clutter things up a bit, this is still Volonte's show as he dominates everything (and even more so when he starts targeting subversives as a function of his new role). I guess it is blackly comic how the police and surrounding bureaucracy do everything possible to deny Volonte's guilt, even when he goes so far as to confess. I didn't think this at the time but perhaps Donald Trump's ability to get away with the most heinous sexist and racist actions also fits this pattern...although in this case, actions have been minimized by supporters rather than completely denied (but this too would keep an authoritarian leader in place).

    Almost grotesque in its point-making, Petri's film targets corruption, fascism, and power by showing that a leader of the police force might theoretically be immune from prosecution, even for murder. Gian Maria Volonte plays said cop, the head of the homicide division (but promoted to the head of the political division as the film begins), who murders his mistress and plants obvious clues incriminating himself to test whether he really is "above suspicion". Rather garish to look at, as some Italian films seem to be, and full of travelling shots, flashbacks, and minor characters that clutter things up a bit, this is still Volonte's show as he dominates everything (and even more so when he starts targeting subversives as a function of his new role). I guess it is blackly comic how the police and surrounding bureaucracy do everything possible to deny Volonte's guilt, even when he goes so far as to confess. I didn't think this at the time but perhaps Donald Trump's ability to get away with the most heinous sexist and racist actions also fits this pattern...although in this case, actions have been minimized by supporters rather than completely denied (but this too would keep an authoritarian leader in place).

  • Jun 13, 2016

    "Indagini su di un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto" è un film dotato ancora di una grande potenza. Un drammatico giallo, psicologico e sociologico, che sconvolge nel 2016 come sconvolgeva nel 1970, quando vinse il premio Oscar come miglio film straniero. 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.

    "Indagini su di un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto" è un film dotato ancora di una grande potenza. Un drammatico giallo, psicologico e sociologico, che sconvolge nel 2016 come sconvolgeva nel 1970, quando vinse il premio Oscar come miglio film straniero. 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.

  • familiar s Super Reviewer
    Oct 04, 2015

    I was disappointed by the pacing of the film, but more so with its content. It was hardly engaging and often enraging (not owing to the situations in the movie, but due to dull execution). The performances didn't help any to elevate the experience. Boring and avoidable "classic" flick, IMO.

    I was disappointed by the pacing of the film, but more so with its content. It was hardly engaging and often enraging (not owing to the situations in the movie, but due to dull execution). The performances didn't help any to elevate the experience. Boring and avoidable "classic" flick, IMO.

  • Apr 05, 2015

    Boring. Truly. I read reviews afterward. Glowing, ecstatic. I must be getting senile. This film is too intellectual and not believable. It is full of ideas, yes. Corruption, police brutality, political suppression, and on and on, but it just isn't interesting. The music by Morricone is terrific.

    Boring. Truly. I read reviews afterward. Glowing, ecstatic. I must be getting senile. This film is too intellectual and not believable. It is full of ideas, yes. Corruption, police brutality, political suppression, and on and on, but it just isn't interesting. The music by Morricone is terrific.

  • Feb 18, 2015

    What a great movie about corruption and abuse of power. It wags its finger critically without losing anything in the storytelling. One of the best buildups to one of the best finales I've seen in a long time.

    What a great movie about corruption and abuse of power. It wags its finger critically without losing anything in the storytelling. One of the best buildups to one of the best finales I've seen in a long time.