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The provocative Italian filmmaker ELIO PETRI’s most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (A Fistful of Dollars’ GIAN MARIA VOLONTÉ, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime—which he committed himself. Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed  monaural soundtrack 
  • Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc
  • Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker (2005), a ninety minute documentary on the director’s career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers 
  • Interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni from 2013
  • Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté (2008), a sixty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté 
  • Music in His Blood, an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti 
  • Trailers 
  • New English subtitle translation 
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by author and screenwriter Ugo Pirro
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
115 mins approx
Director:
Elio Petri
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Gian Maria Volonte
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

The provocative Italian filmmaker ELIO PETRI’s most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (A Fistful of Dollars’ GIAN MARIA VOLONTÉ, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime—which he committed himself. Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed  monaural soundtrack 
  • Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc
  • Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker (2005), a ninety minute documentary on the director’s career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers 
  • Interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni from 2013
  • Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté (2008), a sixty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté 
  • Music in His Blood, an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti 
  • Trailers 
  • New English subtitle translation 
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by author and screenwriter Ugo Pirro
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
115 mins approx
Director:
Elio Petri
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Gian Maria Volonte
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Not my cup of tea but great set

I blind bought the mid film based on it’s rep but did not care for the film. However the transfer is gorgeous and the beautiful Ennio Morricone score was bold. Great set for fans of the film.