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Movie Details

Title:   Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Director:   Elio Petri
Year:   1970
Genre:   Crime
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.12.16

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
11.12.16Blu-rayThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2016
I'm not ashamed to admit that this purchase was based solely upon the strength of the film's title. I just thought it sounded cool. I didn't know anything else about it. What I got was a Kafka-esque spiral of a police chief who commits a murder just to see if his colleagues would possibly suspect him. It's nice to get an Italian vibe in the fest, although in some ways this reminded me of how I felt watching my first Fellini movie (Juliet of the Spirits). Everybody constantly talking very loudly, I'm not quite following what's going on, and a disorienting roaming camera with never ending pans and zooms. On one level it's quite a spectacle, but on another I'm not really sure if I should be laughing or intrigued or what. This main dude with his tiny suit to match his tiny body really gives a tour de force... I feel like he even looks directly in the camera right at the beginning, as if to say "ready?" before starting the whole ride off. I thought I was ready, but by the end it was clear that I was not. My takeaway is that I enjoyed it as an experience, but I won't be in any hurry to revisit.

So it comes time for the last Criterion film of the fest, and the only not left up to chance. As is tradition, I get to watch one movie that I've seen before at some point in the weekend. This year, I'm choosing a film that I haven't seen since it came out a decade ago. I feel like everyone else loved it more than me when it was released, so let's give it a re-watch and see if my feelings change, shall we?
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