The Assassin (1961 film)

The Assassin (Italian: L'assassino) is a 1961 Italian crime film directed by Elio Petri.[2] It is the feature film debut of Petri. It was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

The Assassin
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Directed byElio Petri
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Elio Petri[1]
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
StarringMarcello Mastroianni
CinematographyCarlo Di Palma[1]
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni[1]
Music byPiero Piccioni[1]
  • Titanus-Vides
  • Societe Generale de Cinematographie
Distributed byTitanus[1]
Release date
  • 1 April 1961 (1961-04-01)
Running time
106 minutes[1]


Alfredo Martelli is picked up by the police with no justification. At the precinct, Martelli slowly discovers what the investigation is all about, he is the main suspect in the killing of his wealthy lover.



The Assassin was released on April 1, 1961. It was distributed by Titanus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Curti 2021, p. 310.
  2. ^ "The Complete Index To World Film: The Assassin". Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  3. ^ " Awards for The Assassin". Retrieved 22 January 2010.


  • Curti, Roberto (2021). Eltio Petri: Investigation of a Filmmaker. McFarland. ISBN 1476642834.

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