The Assassin (1961)
Dir: Elio Petri
Italy/France, 1961, 98min
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni
In Petri’s first feature, Marcello Mastroianni is Alfredo, a suave antiques dealer accused of killing his jealous lover. As the police circumvent the law in their effort to get Alfredo to confess to the murder, it becomes clear that his innocence or guilt isn’t Petri’s primary concern, but rather the authorities’ questionable tactics (something to which the Italian censors objected at the time) pitted against Alfredo, an alluring con artist. Mastroianni’s amoral charmer is a more sinister cousin to the jaded journalist he portrayed a year earlier in the Fellini classic La Dolce Vita , and the film helped to cement Petri’s themes of greed, mendacity and official corruption.
1961 Berlin International Film Festival, In Competition
Elio Petri, the Italian Satirist
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
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- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Tai Kwun (Venue)
- MOViE MOViE (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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