The Facts of Murder

(Un maledetto imbroglio)
(A Sordid Affair)


Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale, Franco Fabrizi,

Police inspector Ingravallo investigates a theft, then a murder in the same building. Are they connected? “Like all such police stories, this one provides an occasion to explore the multiple subcultures of a city—Rome, in this case. But the hustlers, hookers, and schemers have seldom been so pathetically unequal to their crimes, the police so inept, or the chief detective so clumsy in his vulnerability. Growling, hulking, and ranting his way through the film, Ingravallo discovers (of course) that everybody’s guilty of something—but the big scoundrels get away, while the little ones take the rap” (Stuart Klawans, New York Times). “Never have mystery, high literature, and the commedia all’italiana been made to work together so shrewdly and intelligently” (Mario Sesti). Claudia Cardinale turns her small, early-career role (a servant girl) into something far deeper.

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  • Pietro Germi
  • Alfredo Giannetti
  • Ennio De Concini
Based On
  • the novel That Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda

  • Leonida Barboni
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 115 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Radiance Films