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Micheline Presle
Director: Elio Petri Cast: Micheline Presle
Micheline Presle
, Andrea Checchi
Andrea Checchi
, Giovanna Gagliardo
Giovanna Gagliardo
Elio Petri

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In this amusing look at the petty deceits of everyday life, Marcello Mastroianni shines as wealthy antique dealer Nello Poletti, a man with every comfort money can buy. One day, however, Poletti is falsely accused of murdering his former mistress (Micheline Presle), who set him up in a life of luxury only to be cast aside in favor of a younger woman (Cristina Gajoni). The evidence seems overwhelming, and Poletti is sent to jail, where he reflects on his shameful life of deceit in pursuit of wealth. Overcome by guilt, Poletti decides to confess, only to discover that the real killer -- a spurned lover -- has already been apprehended. Once he is off the hook, Poletti returns to his original pattern of fast cars and fast women, even jokingly referring to himself as "The Assassin," and proving that he has learned absolutely nothing from his ordeal. The story is fairly predictable, but is never less than entertaining, thanks to a clever screenplay by director Elio Petri, Tonino Guerra, Pasquale Festa Campanile, and Massimo Franciosa. Petri (making his directorial debut) gets the most out of his talented cast, particularly Mastroianni, and there are some nice supporting turns by veteran character actors Salvo Randone, Andrea Checchi, and Enrico Maria Salerno.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2017
UPC: 0760137983583
Original Release: 1961
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 24,564

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Micheline Presle Adalgisa de Matteis
Andrea Checchi Morell
Giovanna Gagliardo Rosa
Mac Ronay Suicide Victim
Enrico Maria Salerno Actor
Cristina Gajoni Nicoletta Nogara
Marco Mariani Detective Margiotta
Marcello Mastroianni Alfredo
Salvo Randone Detective Palumbo
Franco Ressel Dr. Francesconi

Technical Credits
Elio Petri Director,Screenwriter
Pasquale Festa Campanile Screenwriter
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Carlo Egidi Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Massimo Franciosa Screenwriter
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Piero Piccioni Score Composer
Renzo Vespignani Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- L'Assassino
1. Chapter 1 [:05]
2. Chapter 2 [8:37]
3. Chapter 3 [7:18]
4. Chapter 4 [8:38]
5. Chapter 5 [9:42]
6. Chapter 6 [5:52]
7. Chapter 7 [7:24]
8. Chapter 8 [9:25]
9. Chapter 9 [9:30]
10. Chapter 10 [9:11]
11. Chapter 11 [1:06]
12. Chapter 12 [8:58]
13. Chapter 13 [6:41]
14. Chapter 14 [5:37]

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