Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
In a time of internal political disturbance, Roman police inspector Gian Maria Volontè (the bad guy in A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More) gets that plum assignment: crack down on political dissidents; then proceeds to slash the throat of married mistress Florinda Bolkan ("a beautiful, kinky masochist" - Vincent Canby). But as homicide cops swarm over the murder scene, guess who gets tapped to head the investigation? And, as every clue unearthed - most perversely planted by Volontè himself - leads right back to... is anybody going to do anything about it? As director… More

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"Its portrait of a loner and his lusts comes up frighteningly fresh, and the whole conceit would collapse without the muscular, rousing presence of Gian Maria Volonté in the central role."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"The movie survives beautifully both as an elegant thriller and as a study of the twisted infantilism that shapes the fanatic heart."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion begins like a giallo, but soon pushes beyond even that genre's outré boundaries, playing like a fever dream."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"One of the most sardonic, brilliant satires of its era."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A paranoid police procedural, a perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power, and a candidate for the greatest predated Patriot Act movie ever ..."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A potent study of power as pathology."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"Decades later, Petri's Italian political thriller is just as timely and provocative as it was in 1970, when it won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A provocative political thriller that is as troubling today as when it came out in 1970. Maybe more so."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Unfettered freedom is a source of dismay to the Roman homicide detective... He wants to have limits, he simply doesn't know where they are."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Moderately engrossing parable, crime drama and character study, with rigid political undertones."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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