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245 Ratings

The Assassin


Directed by Elio Petri
Italy, France, 1961
Crime, Comedy


One fine morning the police break in crooked antique dealer Alfredo’s apartment and bring him to the police station: he is accused of the murder of Adalgisa de Matteis, an ex-mistress of his. During the long and painful interrogation, he remembers some obscure fragments of his past.

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The Assassin Directed by Elio Petri

Critics reviews

Petri’s fastidiously designed, Antonioni-influenced mise en scène alternates between the vast emptiness of a gloomy, ominous Rome, and cramped, stifling interiors, reflecting Martelli’s disconnection from his environment and his existential malaise.
May 03, 2017
Throughout the film, Petri generally opts for a smooth, crisp editing style as he moves back and forth in time. However, the central confrontation between Martelli and Palumbo – which takes place at a beach hotel almost exactly at the film’s mid-point – plays out in a handful of extended, expertly choreographed takes, set against a wide expanse of seashore.
March 17, 2013
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