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Antonioni brilliantly uses lonely landscapes to show how isolated these people are. But some of the performances didn't thrill me (there's a key difference between playing a shallow character and being a shallow actor, and it sometimes seems confused here).
It stayed a very intellectual experience - an essay about the lack of humanity in the upper classes beautifully illustrated. But it seemed so removed and exaggerated, even from my own comfy existence, that I found I wasn't moved on a deeper level.
That said, all these same criticisms could be aimed at 'Barry Lyndon', a film I have come to love deeply on repeated viewings. Like that film, I suspect I'll see much more next time I watch it. The telling thing is I find myself anxious to re-see it, in spite of it's challenges.
The story involves a group of upperclass Italians, initially on a yacht cruise. When a young woman goes missing after the yacht stops at a small remote island, the group searches the island for her, but soon loses interest in the search. Her fiance and her best friend, however, are determined to find her, while the others continue the cruise. The two searchers fall in love, eventually hoping that they will not find the missing girl. This is one of the all time great movies, but mainly of interest to film buffs as it is long and slow moving, with little action - the action is all internal to the characters. Highly recommended.
This movie starts out very casually and slowly. Then it turns into a romantic adventure as Claudia and her best friend's boyfriend ( Sandro ) went out searching for the missing girl ( Ana.) The movie was about Claudia's own adventure, growing from an innocent, romantic girl in love to a mature woman who had seen the reality of marriage ( between Patrizia and Raimondo ,) love affair ( Giulia and the young painter ) and the ultimate betrayal. The movie was also about the struggle between Sandro's pursuit/persuasion, Claudia feeling guilty, and Claudia's insecurity about Sandro's loyalty.
The movie was beautifully shot in high contrast black and white film, with the eternally gorgeous Monica Vitti ( Claudia ) against the backdrop of the breath taking sceneries of Italy. Even by half the movie, the audience still doesn't know which way the movie would turn. The movie is not fast paced, very "real time" mood and is not contrived, making it emotionally effective. It'll transport you through space ( Italy ) and time ( 1960s ) on a romantic journey, with the unforgettable Claudia.
Now, where's my "Italian for Dummies" book?
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Not for everybody but this film
is about loneliness. The blu ray
is simply incredibly beautiful.
This is one of my favorite films and the print of this is the best I've ever seen. I've fallen in love with this film all over again.Published 13 months ago by Roger Deforest
Top Classic beautifully acted and Digitally Remastered on Blue ray like only Criterion can!Published 15 months ago by ladya
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