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The Passenger

Professione: reporter

Jack Nicholson is excellent as a jaded journalist who swaps his identity – with dangerous consequences.

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Italy-France-Spain 1975
Dir Michelangelo Antonioni
With Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry
Certificate 15
A BFI release

When David Locke (Nicholson) impulsively exchanges identities with a businessman he finds dead in a North African hotel room, he believes he’s starting anew. But passing himself off as someone else doesn’t mean he’s escaping the past... Working from a superb script by Mark Peploe and Peter Wollen, Antonioni creates some of his most memorable scenes and eloquent images: Locke breaking down in the Sahara; soliciting help from a tourist (Schneider) in Gaudi’s Barcelona; trying to evade various people pursuing him through the arid landscapes of southern Spain. Suspense, intrigue, wit, visual beauty, ideas: this classic has them all in spades.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

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