• By B.S. W.
    July 01, 2012
    02:02 PM

    1.) Antonioni and Carlo Di Palma's photographer's eyes—"the eye that shapes"—in each and every frame 2.) The literal voice and song of the landscape as conveyed wordlessly by the despoiled mise en scène, so like a living behemoth consuming all, as well as lyrically, in the beautifully redemptive story and song of the virgin sea that she tells to her ailing son. 3.) Monica Vitti in one of her most outstanding performances in which she tragically conveys a desperate cry for love, understanding and acceptance from the belly of a fallen world that is, today, as timely as ever.
  • By Michael S. Phillips
    August 26, 2016
    10:26 PM

    Those are all great reasons. I think this is Antonioni's greatest film and Monica Vitti's greatest performance. I first 'discovered' this film on a rainy day in December of 2014. I had been working at a manufacturing company and I lived down the street from the power plant, which I could see, from my upstairs loft window, constantly puffing exhaust into the air. I had become ill with Meniere's Disease for the second time in my life about 6 months earlier and was out of work. I also had some emotional trauma from incidents involving the illness, so I could deeply relate to the character of Guiliana, who is suffering from a kind of environmental trauma and generalized anxiety due to industrialization. The beautiful visuals of wintry industrial scenes and the brilliant way that Antonioni shot them synergized with my own environment and really made this film intensely engaging. I own the Blu-ray, and it's one of the few films I can just pop in anytime.