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IL Grido (1957) DVD

Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni (writer) and
Elio Bartolini (writer) ...
Plot Outline:
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.
Plot Keywords:
Incommunicability / Depression / Alienation / Loneliness / Psychological Drama

Steve Cochran ... Aldo
Alida Valli ... Irma
Betsy Blair ... Elvia
Gabriella Pallotta ... Edera, her sister
Dorian Gray ... Virginia
Lynn Shaw ... Andreina
Mirna Girardi ... Rosina
Pina Boldrini ... Lina
Guerrino Campanini ... Virginia's father
Lilia Landi
Gaetano Matteucci ... Edera's fiancé

Additional Details
Also Known As:
The Cry (UK) (USA)
The Outcry (USA) (pre-release title)
116 min
Italy / USA
Italian with English subtitles
Black and White
Michelangelo Antonioni's underappreciated 1957 release, Il Grido (The Outcry), was ignored by international audiences. Only recently have academics begun to recognize its place as the turning point between Antonioni's earlier neo-realist copies of Visconti and De Sica and his subsequent stylized, arid portrayals of urban alienation and loveual dread in his acclaimed L'Avventura and La Notte, which were the high water marks of the Italian New Wave (along with Fellini's incomparable La Dolce Vita and 8 ').

Il Grido is the transition film which shows how Antonioni's visual approach evolved. Right from the beginning, we are clearly in his world of empty industrial landscapes. Shot in the Po Valley region near the city of Bologna (where Antonioni grew up), the dehumanizing machines and towers linger in the background as (male) workers dejectedly wander around smoking, frowning and, no doubt, thinking of women as they loiter in the gray, muddy stretches of grim, grey mise-en-scene.

Unlike his Italian films to follow, his protagonist is a confused and tormented man, instead of an emotionally confused or disturbed woman (usually to be played by the great Monica Vitti.) Not until Blow Up would Antonioni return to having a male at the center of his film. This time, also, he is not a member of the bourgeoisie which Antonioni alternately mocked and pitied, but a brutish member of the working class.

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