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Subject: An inexorable chain of events leads to the arrest of an antique-dealer and his
involvement in a murder, that of the woman whose lover he is.Each of the accused man's attempts to prove his innocence aggravates his guilt.
Nello Poletti (Marcello Mastroianni) is an ambiguous type of middle-class citizen, a lady's man, wrongly accused of murder, but guilty of numerous misdeeds regarding the members of his entourage, especially his mistress whom he exploits in order to achieve financial success.


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1961
L'Assasino
Us title: The Assassin (1961)
Other titles: Ladykiller of Rome (1961)
Director: Elio Petri
Story by: Tonino Guerra, Elio Petri
Screenplay by: Pasquale Festa Campanile Massimo Franciosa, Tonino Guerra, Elio Petri.
Director of Photography: Carlo Di Palma (B/W)
Cameraman: Dario Di Palma
Art Director: Gastone Carsetti
Costume Designer: Graziella Urbinati
Sound: Giovanni Rossi
Editing: Ruggero Mastroianni
Music by: Piero Piccioni
Production: Franco Cristaldi for Vides, Titanus (Rome), S.G.C. (Paris)
Production Manager: Gino Millozza
Cast: Marcello Mastrianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Salvo Randone, Marco Mariani, Franco Ressel, Giovanna Gagliardo, Paolo Panelli.
Length: 105 minutes