WOW! Enough said...
David Hemmings is hip and Vanessa Redgrave is stunning, but there's more to
this movie than the groovy hair Hemmings sports, supermodels, trendy
clothes, the psychadelic monagesque scene, and all else that glitters.
Hemmings' character, Thomas, likes to be detached and Redgrave has a
secret that keeps being defined and redefined through a photo.
I loved Thomas' randomness. I never knew randomness could be so fun and
amusing! And yet there is something so significant in his randomness.
The part when Thomas crashes a club looking for Jane was great. Where did
Antonioni come up with a genius scene? Here we have a crowd of fans and
groupie wannabes at a mini concert, who go crazy after the band's lead
singer throws a guitar into the crowd. Thomas, who randomly stumbles into
the crowd, fights over the guitar assuming its significance since everyone
else is fighting for it. After he leaves with the guitar and realizes what
a piece of junk the guitar really is, he throws it onto the ground. This
scene seems random, but is the epitome of the whole film. Antonioni weaves
this scene in beatifully.
The mimes in the beginning of the story seem just like a bunch of random
extras (or isn't that the point?) and then at the end their role in the
film starts to make sense and becomes more significant.
We may never know what the mysterious photo is trying to say... and like
the woman who seems to have never existed. Was it all like a mime... a
suspension of disbelief?
Redgrave's character, Jane, could be traced back to L'Aventurra's Anna...
I've heard people discuss Plato and Borges, as a way to uncover the theme
of this film. There is indeed the question of reality here.
What a great film! One of Antonioni's best! 10/10.
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one of 10 best films ever
For me this is one of the 10 best films ever made.
It is certainly an art film for the dedicated appreciater of film, not a
film at all for the consumer of Hollywood entertainment. It is a film
makes you think, as you can see from the numerous long comments; a film in
which the viewer has to work to appreciate as a participant.
Antonioni's films are slow,langorous, visual, driven neither by plot nor
character, but by the unfolding revelation of the perception of our
situation itself. In this they are unique, and represent a challenge to
viewer, to drop the expectations of fantasy gratification that film
exploits. If the viewer can lose the speed of modern life and just flow
along with the film, much deeper rewards are to be found here, as attested
by the many posted reviews.
When sound was added to film, many filmmakers were worried that the
value of film as visual motion would be lost to the complexities of text,
which has largely been the case. Antonioni's films, however, have
and deepened the visual aspect of film as a means for making profound
communications. The dialogue doesn't, for the most part, "tell" anything
about the message, but is merely a supporting aspect of the visual
His last film, the superb "Beyond the Clouds", is more talky and gives
verbal clues about Antonioni's world view.
I feel that Antonioni's films are artistic and spiritual landmarks of
cinema; but of all his films I have seen, this is the most accessible,
the most conventional presentation, plot, etc.
The rest of this includes my interpretation of the film and might include
A lot of the comments here are excellent. I will just add that for me,
film is about our attempt to observe and understand our world through our
placement of our attention. The photographer is just us as the observer;
his professional work reflects our customary perception of the world
pre-conception, kitsch, convention. It is meaningless, exploitive,
alienating, even cruel.
On the other hand, when he observes reality rather than artificiality,
he turns up the intensity and magnification until things are no longer
recognizable, he is seeing the essence of things and not his conceptual
projections. He discovers a crime- for me this murder is a metaphor for
murder of real perception, along with real feeling, by a society which
alienates us from our own natural ability to see things as they are.
From here, the film goes even deeper into the meaning of this crime, and
one can live with it. Yet the film never gets into any obvious deep
speculations; it makes its point completely in the domain of visual images
and metaphors that also serve as plot devices, until the enigmatic
conclusion of the film.
Like any great work of art, the meaning of the film lies in the symbols
metaphors and cannot be reduced to words; the success of the film lies in
the tremendous emotional impact it has on its viewers who probably often,
like myself the first time I saw it, don't even realize it has such deep
levels to it. Antonioni has constructed something that has a life of its
own, with the ability to reflect profound meanings that arise from an
interaction of the film and the viewer..