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Identification of a Woman

(Identificazione di una donna)

Imported Print


Tomas Milian, Christine Boisson, Daniela Silverio, Marcel Bozzuffi,

By the eighties, for Antonioni to make a love story is necessarily to make a mystery, as well as a bit of science fiction. Identification of a Woman centers around an improbability: Niccolo, a film director, is searching for both the perfect star for “a film in the form of a woman,” and the perfect woman in his life. But an irony that Antonioni suggests in Le amiche is here confirmed: a perfect woman does not need a man. Niccolo’s relationship with the beautiful Mavi is further haunted by threats from a mysterious and powerful individual who wants her back, and by a general mood of corruption and paranoia that pervades her milieu and class. Then there is the sun, which is expanding, threatening Earth’s very existence. And the fog, making sight and insight impossible. And we’re back in Red Desert territory, the orb coming full circle in this complex film that ends with an open question: “And then?”

  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Gérard Brach
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Carlo Di Palma
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 128 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Janus 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

Michelangelo Antonioni: modernist master (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

At long last, Antonioni's 'Identification' (review), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 1996

Modernist master: Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1993

Identificazione di una donna (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1992

Identification of a woman (program note), AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, 1987

Identificazione di una donna (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 1982

Identificazione di una donna. (program note), Cannes Film Festival, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1982

Identificazione di una Donna (program note), New York Film Festival, 1982

Identificazione d'una donna (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1982

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