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Michelangelo Antonioni

The Oberwald Mystery

Il mistero di Oberwald

Monica Vitti plays a widowed queen whose mourning is interrupted when an anarchist poet takes refuge in her castle.

Image from The Oberwald Mystery

Italy-West Germany 1980
Dir Michelangelo Antonioni
With Monica Vitti, Franco Branciaroli, Luigi Diberti
128min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate PG

An intriguing experiment with new video technology of the time, this adaptation of Cocteau’s play The Eagle Has Two Heads has Vitti as a widowed queen whose solitary mourning is interrupted when an anarchist poet takes refuge in her castle. The mix of expressionist colour and lighting effects and late-Romantic music on the soundtrack makes for a strange quasi-operatic brew.


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