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Michelangelo Antonioni

Il grido

The Cry

Antonioni’s visually exquisite film follows a factory worker as he seeks work in the impoverished Po Valley.

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Italy-USA 1957
Dir Michelangelo Antonioni
With Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Betsy Blair, Dorian Gray
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Focused for once on a working-class protagonist, this follows factory worker Aldo (Cochran) though an impoverished, wintry Po Valley after his lover (Valli) suddenly ends their affair. Accompanied by their daughter, he seeks work and solace, but times are tough. Episodic yet fluid, mist-filled yet lucid, downbeat but strangely dynamic in its halting progress, this visually exquisite film eloquently evokes Aldo’s tortured soul.


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