Director Elio Petri’s supremely stylish, blackly humorous exposé of endemic police corruption in Italian society boasts a magnetic performance from his regular lead Gian Maria Volontè, and was named Best Foreign Language Film at the 1971 Academy Awards.
Volontè plays a respected police inspector who, at the outset, brutally murders his mistress then investigates the scene of the crime himself. Exonerating all potential suspects, he begins to plant ever-more obvious clues to his guilt – all of which are wilfully ignored by his fearful subordinates – to prove his untouchable status.
Screening as part of the Trust No One season, May 13th to 30th at the Irish Film Institute. Click for more info.