Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Betsy Blair, Gabriella Pallotti,
We are more familiar with Antonioni’s spaces of bourgeois existence, but in this wonderful early work, he returns to “the landscape I remember from my childhood,” the desolate vistas of the Po Valley, to film a study of a man who, deserted by his mistress, sets out with his little daughter in search of peace of mind and a new life. However, the image of his lover and the failure of their union never leave him. Here is the rare truly empathetic male character in Antonioni’s oeuvre. The film’s rhythm and shot duration make Il grido one long, drawn-out cry. Empty, silent spaces are loaded with meaning; it is the tension of that which is between, of estrangement, the inability to connect or find resolution. It has the look of neorealism, but Il grido’s protagonist and its landscape of indifference fit into the chain leading up to Red Desert and, finally, The Passenger.
- Michelangelo Antonioni
- Elio Bartolini
- Ennio De Concini
a story by Antonioni
- Gianni Di Venanzo
- with English subtitles
- 107 mins
- Compass Film
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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
The cry (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002
Michelangelo Antonioni: modernist master (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999
Modernist master: Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1993
'Dear Antonioni...' : the complete works of Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kathleen Murphy, 1992
Il grido (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1992
Il grido (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation, 1992
Le cri (program note), Cinémathèque française, 1981
Il grido (program note), Exceptional films at Art Musem. Program notes. Philadelphia, 1964
Antonioni (monograph), Motion Monograph, Philip Strick, 1963
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