Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (#682)

Type: New Blu-Ray

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 commanding Gian Maria Volontè) investigating a heinous crime—which he himself committed. Both a compelling character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian government crackdowns in Italy in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.


New 4K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

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

New interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni

Investigation of a Citizen Named Volontè (2008), a fifty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volontè

Music in His Blood, an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti


New English subtitle translation

PLUS: An essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by screenwriter Ugo Pirro