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Beyond the Clouds

(Al di là delle nuvole), (Par-delà les nuages)

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John Malkovich, Sophie Marceau, Irène Jacob, Marcello Mastroianni,

The eighty-three-year-old Antonioni returned to filmmaking after a ten-year absence (triggered by a debilitating stroke that left him unable to speak) with this resolutely idiosyncratic treatise on that most old-fashioned of themes: beauty. Its four separate episodes, set in France and Italy, are based on stories in Antonioni’s collection That Bowling Alley on the Tiber: Tales of a Director. Stars such as Irène Jacob, Peter Weller, and Jean Reno all engage in narratives of love, its unattainability and its lure. Framing segments, directed by coproducer Wim Wenders and starring John Malkovich as The Director, link the tales, as does a whimsical ronde reuniting Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau. The film was poorly received when it debuted in the mid-nineties, when being “against beauty” was all the rage, but its stunning images and unabashed embrace of eros and emotion now stand ripe for rediscovery. “The work of a great director,” Peter Hogue wrote in Film Comment, “and one of the major films of the decade.”

Jason Sanders
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Wim Wenders
  • Tonino Guerra
Based On
  • Antonioni’s book That Bowling Alley on the Tiber: Tales of a Director

  • Alfio Contini
  • Robby Müller
  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 104 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Olive Films

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Michelangelo Antonioni: interiores burgueses con figura (program), Institut Valencià de l'Audiovisual i de Cinematografia Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Domènec Font, 2010

Return to beauty (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2000

Antonioni snoozes; Arnold stretches (review), Village Voice, Michael Atkinson, 1999

A moving meditation on love and desire from Antonioni (review), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 1999

Beyond the clouds (review), Time Out New York, Gia Kourlas, 1999

Beyond the clouds (review), Variety, Deborah Young, 1995

Director still reaching 'Beyond the Clouds' (article), Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Chandler, 1995

Beyond the clouds (program note), London Film Festival, 1995

Antonioni after hours (review), New Times Los Angeles, Andy Klein, 1989

Par-delà les nuages - Beyond the clouds (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling

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