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L'Assassino 1961

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Arrow Academy is proud to present L Assassino, the debut feature of the late Italian director Elio Petri, a man whose films have often been unjustly overlooked in favour of other more heralded filmmakers. L Assassino tells the story of 30-something antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli (Marcello Mastroianni) who, at the film s outset, finds himself under suspicion for murdering his wealthy older lover. As the investigation presses on, a series of flashbacks gives us an insight into Alfredo s character and the nature of his relationship with his now deceased lover Adalgisa Micheline Presle) With its Kafkaesque mood and distincly political bent, Petri s first film bears many of the hallmarks of his later work. In the director s own words, L Assassino reflected the changes wrought by the early 60s.

Starring:
Micheline Presle, Marcello Mastroianni
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Micheline Presle, Marcello Mastroianni, Cristina Gaioni
Director Elio Petri
Genres Crime
Studio Arrow Films
Rental release 21 July 2014
Main languages Italian
Subtitles English
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Micheline Presle, Marcello Mastroianni, Cristina Gaioni
Director Elio Petri
Genres Crime
Studio Arrow Films
Rental release 21 July 2014
Main languages Italian
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Other Formats

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mysterioustraveller on 3 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A wonderfully restored piece of Italian cinema on Blu-ray. This is the first full feature from Elio Petri who has now been largely forgotten. Marcello Mastroianni puts in a charismatic performance and the camera work by Carlo di Palma is quite extraordinary.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2014
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Released in 1961 this is a beautifully made and artfully shot piece of cinema. The plot is pretty simple in that playboy Nello (Marcello Mastroianni) is arrested at home and asked to go to the police station. Once there they are slow to reveal why he is being questioned. It soon transpires that his former, older lover has been murdered. Bad news for him is that he is suspect number one and they ain't looking too hard for a number two.

Then we start to get the back story told in flashback and soon the past is getting closer to the present day. That is when clever and imaginative camera work starts to blend the past with the now in some brilliant ways. This was cameraman Carlo di Palma who was a favourite of Woody Allen.

The question throughout is did he or didn't he - is he just a bit of a cad or a manipulative killer. And I have to say that the balance is done just right making your loyalties ebb and flow with the turning of the scenes. Superbly directed by Elio Petri and with music from Henri Salvador - who has a style that seems to have influenced Henri Mancini. For the time it was made it is a technical and artful marvel. Time has been fairly kind too in that it still has a universal theme of where the good ends and the bad takes off and I have to say I really enjoyed it. This is the fully restored edition and it has been done lovingly - bringing the whole film to life with an immediate vibrancy. In Italian with very good sub titles, this is one for Euro cinephiles and those who love cinema history.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 15 Jun. 2015
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The quality of images is good but don't expect pristine, crispy clear images. The sound is also good.

The film reminds me a bit of "L'Etranger", by Camus. I would stay away from the cliche "kafkaesque" when referring to this film because the story is a logic, linear narrative (with flash backs) and also has a good deal of subtle humour.

It is the first feature film of Elio Petri, who later directed the excellent "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion", a much darker and heavier film than this "L'Assassino".

The film breaks with the aesthetics of the them predominant neorealism. The camerawork is beautiful and clever. Incidentally, it is so good to watch a film where the camera is not constantly shaking for no good reason.

There are two extra features. Forget about the first one. It consists of an out of focus film critic reading from a paper, which is not visible but didn't need to be. The second extra feature is a long documentary about Tonino Guerra, where Tonino Guerra himself talks most of the time. It is very interesting and informative, although poorly produced. It seems that Tonino Guerra wrote the scripts of half of the Italian cinema in the 60s and 70s. Okay, it is an exaggeration. He is one of the writers of this film and also worked with Monicelli, Fellini, Antonioni, the Taviani brothers, De Sica and others...

You can choose between two covers for the set as the cover is reversible.

The booklet has a very informative essay about Elio Petri that , needless to say, is better to read after the film in order to avoid plot spoilers. Then again, if you are here on Amazon you are constantly being attacked by reviews with unwarned plot spoilers such as the review posted by one of the so called "top" cheerleaders.
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By Michael Endres on 22 July 2015
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Excellent !!!
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