DVD - 2014 | Italian
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Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative in its own right, concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover and best friend. Antonioni's controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.


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Antonioni seems to follow Hemingway's dictum of not showing everything: ' the tip of the iceberg, seen, implies the rest of it, hidden below the surface.' He frames shots well, and he has some gorgeous people to lens. The critic included on the soundtrack mentions also Robbe-Grillet, the French realist novelist, as an influence. The second disc features a small segment of audio of Jack Nicholson, who is cheery. 2nd disc also has essays by the director, and a documentary, and Cannes footage as well. this is a full meal, cineastes. Bon Appetit.

Jul 06, 2017

An awkward and often boring film; the plot goes undeveloped and the characters don't have any consistent motivations; it seems ultimately to be about forgiveness and acceptance of others' qualities, even if (or when) they cause hurt (this judgement is based on the final scene).

Jul 05, 2017

This is the film that helped make Michelangelo Antonioni one of the greatest directors of the 2nd half of the 20th century. He almost went bankrupt and almost didn't finish it. If he had not completed this film, we may never have heard of him. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I am probably too dense to understand everything that is going on. Maybe this is the first big film in which the director purposely does not explain to the audience the real motivations of the protagonists. For me, he seems to be forcing each viewer to make his own interpretation.

Feb 13, 2017

This was my first Antonioni film, and I'm going to explore him further. There is much more going on than meets the eye at first, but you know he's working with age-old human themes. The visual style is stark but full of meaning. Listen to the commentary on the second go-round. Monica Vitti is mesmerizing.

Dec 18, 2016

One of Antonioni's best, and one of the stand-outs in film history.

Jul 01, 2016

I suggest you use the commentary to avoid falling asleep.

Nov 13, 2013

Wonderful remastering for this digital format. Interesting commentary adds to the appreciation of why this film has such a high regard after all these years.

Nov 01, 2013

The people have landed on this volcanic island, then--shockingly--a woman disappears. She can't be found anywhere, the coast guard turn up nothing, a complete mystery. One of the great Italian films.

Jun 08, 2013


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