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THE PASSENGER

Italy, 1975 (MIFF 1975)

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

The Passenger is Antonioni's first feature film in nearly four years. Jack Nicholson plays an experienced and disillusioned television reporter. He has adjusted to the limitations of his job, yet he is aware of his own inadequacy in probing through stories of disaster and tragedy. His last chance to take on a new and meaningful role comes with the death of a British adventurer in a small North African hotel. He assumes his identity and becomes involved in a struggle for third world liberation. Maria Schneider shares in a disinterested passion for creating the conditions of a new society, and she becomes a foil for his own anxiety. His position is complicated by the actions of his estranged wife in London, who receives news of her husband's death, and is determined to find the adventurer who last saw him alive. Their paths converge as the anti-liberation forces gather for the kill. . .

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CONFUCIAN CONFUSION, A

Taiwan, 1994
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LA NOTTE

Italy, 1960
In "La Nolle", Antonioni renews the theme of "L'Avventura" with extended and refined style. The story is told allusively at first, with frequent interpolations. It is only after a great many external… More »

IL GRIDO

Italy/USA, 1957
II Grtdo, which is immediately pre-L'Aventttra in the Antonioni canon, has the same classical purity and simplicity as the later film and the same Antonioni qualities — complexity of character … More »

THE MYSTERY OF OBERWALD

Italy, 1980
A widowed queen, living aloof from her people, restlessly travels from one castle to another. The people know little of her. Her enemies send a young poet to assassinate her. The plot is uncovered an… More »

CHUNG KWO - CHINA

Italy, 1973
Antonioni's China is a long way from the England of Blow-up or his American travelogue, Zabriskie Point. After spending six weeks filming in China, he said 'I felt a need to return to my own origins … More »

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