Marcello Mastroianni in The Assassin (1961)
Marcello Mastroianni in The Assassin (1961)
The Assassin (1961)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Assassin

Elio Petri | Italy | 1961 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 22 Feb 2023

In this game of cat-and-mouse suggesting the moral decay, claustrophobia and corruption of modern Italy, a cunning Roman antiques dealer is investigated by the police in relation to the killing of a former lover, without being specifically accused. A paranoid post-Antonioni investigation of social identity, guilt and law enforcement, Elio Petri’s still-potent debut feature was co-written by Tonino Guerra, includes outstanding performances by Salvo Randone, Micheline Presle and Marcello Mastroianni, and is distinguished by Carlo Di Palma’s stunning black-and-white cinematography.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Format: 35mm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Source: Cinecittà Luce
Runtime: 97 mins

Event duration

97 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Screenwriting professor Howard Rodman described Tonino Guerra’s work as “the brave and moral thread that runs through the fabric of modernist cinema” but Guerra’s preferred categorisation of his contribution was simply to claim he “added some structure”...

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Tonio Guerra in his later years - black and white

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