Ipocrisia e purezza dell’autorità in “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto” di E. Petri, sulle orme di “Masochismo e Autorità” di E. Fromm=Hypocrisy and pureness of authority in “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto” (E. Petri, 1970) in relation with “The authoritarian-masochistic character” by E. Fromm


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Hypocrisy and pureness of authority in “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto” (E. Petri, 1970) in relation with “The authoritarian-masochistic character” by E. Fromm. This work had been written in order to investigate Ipocrisia of authority: a will to feel itself and to show itself as a body without faults and vices, without infringement and indecencies. A cinematographic document of this self-perception is Elio Petri’s movie, “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto” (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion). Screenplay, dialogues and actor’s work on the character are in relation with the features of authority — pureness, majesty, gap, aplomb — listed in “Studies on the authority and family”, a work by Frankfurt School’s intellectuals, in particular in “The authoritarian-masochistic character” by Erich Fromm. Ipocrisia in authority aims to excrete every error, every contamination from itself, creating a dissociative mechanism supposed to achieve self-healing. A transfer of judgment and responsability has been done from the immaterial body of authority to the living human body, “to reaffirm the idea of authority with all its pureness”

DOI Code: 10.1285/i22840753n9p105

Keywords: Hypocrisy; Authority; Frankfurt School; Fromm; Elio Petri; Ugo Pirro; Sadomasochism

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