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THE ASSASSIN

L'assassino

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Directed by Elio Petri
Italy, France, 1961
Crime, Comedy
      Italian
      English
      CAUTION

Synopsis

Dandyish antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, is arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover. But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is put on trial.

Our take

A wicked social satire, Elio Petri’s feature debut has a clinical and detached stylishness that echoes the ideological apathy among the bourgeois class in post-war Italy. The masterful Marcello Mastroianni once again excels at portraying morally questionable characters that nevertheless elicit pity.

Synopsis

Dandyish antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, is arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover. But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is put on trial.

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The AssassinDirected byElio Petri
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Awards & Festivals

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Cannes Film Festival
2011
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
1962 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor
1962 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

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