Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
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A chief detective murders his lover and tries to escape punishment, or perhaps court it — if the sick authoritarian society can allow such a thing.
It is at least pulp Kafka, and might as well have been dedicated to the LAPD and the Los Angeles City Council.
-- John C. Mahoney, Los Angeles Free Press, 1971.
Petri's left-wing, politics have led to the film's major weakness -- its one-to-one equation of police authority and fascism. The inspector has a passionate speech, for example in which he totally identifies liberalism with sexual deviation; this is too simpleminded and obvious to work, and we're irritated with Petri for not being more original.
-- Roger Ebert, 1971.