The Facts of Murder (film)

The Facts of Murder (Italian: Un maledetto imbroglio) is a 1959 Italian crime film mystery directed by and starring Pietro Germi with Claudia Cardinale.[1] The film is based on the 1957 novel That Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda. The sets were designed by the art director Carlo Egidi.

The Facts of Murder
Directed byPietro Germi
Produced byGiuseppe Amato
Mario Silvestri
Written byEnnio De Concini
Based onThat Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
StarringPietro Germi
Claudia Cardinale
Franco Fabrizi
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
CinematographyLeonida Barboni
Edited byRoberto Cinquini
Riama Film
Distributed byCineriz
Seven Arts Productions (US)
Release date
11 November 1959
Running time
115 minutes

It was restored and re-released in 1999 both in Italy and the United States.


A disguised bandit steals valuable jewellery from Commendatore Anzaloni's apartment and flees, leaving Anzaloni unharmed. Inspector Ingravallo investigates and finds that the robbery is suspicious in that the robber was able to find valuables too quickly. A neighbour, Liliana Banducci, employs a servant girl, Assuntina. Her fiancé, Diomede, tries to escape when he sees police tailing Assuntina. But Diomede has an alibi. Liliana's cousin, Dr. Valdarena, pays her a visit, only to find her corpse on the floor. But before calling police, Valdarena removes an envelope addressed to him from the sideboard. Liliana's husband Remo was away from Rome at the time of the murder, but he is very surprised to hear that Liliana had changed her will only one week earlier.




  1. Moliterno p.150-51


  • Moliterno, Gino. A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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