Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion

A high ranking police officer kills his mistress and intentionally leaves taunting clues behind in this satiric, political thriller that was the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film of 1971. Dry, stylish, and blackly humorous, Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion follows the story of a 'law and order', anti-leftist police officer, who murders his mistress and initially covers up his crime by insinuating others could be suspects. After then leading the trail of clues to himself, he confesses to the crime, only to discover that in spite of clear evidence, no one believes him.

Painting a vivid portrait of the political environment of right-wing Italy during the early 1970s,  Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion has a frighteningly modern feel. With its scenes of political protest, intrusive surveillance, terrorism and threats of terrorism, an authoritarian police force obsessed with maintaining 'law and order', politicos seemingly exempt from prosecution, and a roundup of 'subversives', Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion seems remarkably fresh and current for a nearly 50-year old film. Plus, it has a great score by Ennio Morricone and 24 killer ties.

I said some stuff about the horror film American Poltergeist at Cultured Vultures. Strangely enough, the film doesn't have many poltergeists in it.

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