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<em>L’Assassino</em>. 1961. Italy. Directed by Elio Petri. Pictured: Franco Ressel and Marcello Mastroianni. Image courtesy of National Cinema Museum of Torino
  • The Assassin

    1961. Italy. Elio Petri. 98 min.

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7:15 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Assassin

    1961. Italy. Directed by Elio Petri. Screenplay by Tonino Guerra, Petri, Pasquale Festa Campanile. With Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Christina Gaioni. Seductive, amoral ladykiller Mastroianni is held for questioning in the murder of a socialite. Tracing his innocence—or guilt—through a series of flashbacks, he begins to lose his grip on reality. Petri (Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion) suffered greatly at the hands of the censors, and was forced to make 90 cuts to the film: “In my early work neurosis was normality, later it was schizophrenia. In Italy, like in the rest of the world, I believe these are the methods of the police: that is, they build an allegation with whatever means, in an abstract way. The moment you stand before an authority you are guilty…The relationship with the censors was similar to the relationship between Mastroianni and the cop.” Carlo Di Palma’s gorgeous black-and-white cinematography is beautifully evoked in this restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino and Titanus. In Italian; English subtitles. 98 min.