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The Assassin (1961)

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Genres: Crime, Thriller
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni
Director: Elio Petri
Plot Synopsis:

Released within months of Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's La Notte, Elio Petri's dazzling first feature The Assassin (L'Assassino) also stars Marcello Mastroianni, this time as dandyish thirtysomething antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa (Micheline Presle). But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial. Best known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Tenth Victim, Petri was one of the finest and yet most underrated Italian directors of the 1960s and 70s. Highly acclaimed on its original release but unjustly neglected since, The Assassin is a remarkably assured debut from one of the cinema's sharpest chroniclers of Italian social and political realities. Petri said that he wanted to reflect the changes wrought by the early sixties, and to examine ''a new generation of upstarts who lacked any kind of moral scruple''.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 18th, 2017
    Movie Release Year: 1961
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow
  • Technical Specs
    Length:97 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray/DVD
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:Italian LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Elio Petri and L'Assassino, an introduction by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone
    Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies: Nicola Tranquillino's documentary about the great Italian screenwriter
    Theatrical Trailer
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring writing on the film by Petri expert Camilla Zamboni, Petri's own critical analysis of 1950s Italian cinema, plus a selection of contemporary reviews