Director Michelangelo Antonioni's unique triptych film features three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for his own dubious motive. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don't need it. In the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman's body and tries to profit from the discovery. And in the Italian segment, a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results. Though each crime is investigated, the guilty are rarely singled out for their actions.
Antonionis third feature is heavy handed, melodramatic, yet riddled with inklings of the genius to come. And if thats not enough, the disc includes the rousing 1953 Antonioni bonus short: Attempted Suicide. --Film Comment
With the opening monologue of his second feature, the three-part I Vinti ( The Vanquished ),from 1953 (a new DVD release from Raro Video), Michelangelo Antonioni polemically affirms the theme that would dominate his entire career: the erosion of reason and morality throughout society, due to the onslaught of mass media and the dominion of the bourgeoisie who both produce it and fall under its way. --The New Yorker