Indagine su un cittadino al di ogni sospetto

I hung around for the office for the last time this year, as the building would be closed for a while.  I was happy to see that my paycheck had been deposited.  I watched an episode of The Ascent of Man before I left.  I took the buses out to the Grand Lake Theatre to catch the 12:30 showing of “Rogue One.”  Ii thought it was exhausting to sit there for two and a half hours to watch this movie.  I went over to Target to buy two towels, a pair of jeans, and another Star Wars shirt.  I stopped at the library to borrow a video, and I went to the record store and bought the Blu-ray edition of “The Artist” and a recording of The Barber of Seville with Maria Callas.  The movie that I watched on television was “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion,” an Italian film from 1970 directed by Elio Petri.  The story seemed like it could have come from Kafka.  A police inspector in Rome is investigating the murder that he committed.  We see incompetence, abuse of power, and the truth disappearing in the massive confusion.  It is disturbed to think of how much of this movie might apply to the workings of the police in major cities today.  Gian Maria Volontè is the star.  One of the great things in the movie is the music by Ennio Morricone.  This movie won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.  Elio Petri died of cancer at age 53 in November 10, 1982.  Gian Maria Volontè died of a heart attack at age 61 on December 6, 1994, during the filming of “Ulysses’ Gaze” in Greece.  I think “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” is worth seeing because it makes the movies of today seem so timid and empty-headed.  Petri showed his beliefs, at least.  It’s too bad that you don’t see more film directors like Elio Petri around anymore these days.  Some of the people who died on December 23 include Charles Ruggles (1970), Jack Webb (1982), Billy Barty (2000), Michael Kidd (2007), and Oscar Peterson (2007).  Today is a birthday for Eddie Vedder (52), Susan Lucci (72), and Harry Shearer (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind segment for December 23, Chuck Berry was arrested for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes in 1959.  In 1977, Cat Stevens converted to Islam.  In 1992, the Al Pacino movie “Scent of a Woman” was released.

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