IL GRIDO
1957, Compass Film, 116 min, Italy/USA, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Commonly described as a link between the Italian neorealist movement and Antonioni’s most famous works of the following decade, IL GRIDO follows a disillusioned working-class man (Steve Cochran) who voluntarily detaches himself from all facets of society. Disappointed by everyone in his life, including his lover (Alida Valli), the man wanders the Po Valley, vainly searching for human connection. As in his best films, Antonioni sets a thoroughly bleak tone throughout by hermetically enclosing his characters in chilling landscapes and stark industrial environments. Winner of the Golden Leopard Award at the 1957 Locarno International Film Festival.


THE THIRD MAN
1949, Rialto Pictures, 93 min, UK, Dir: Carol Reed

Director Carol Reed was nominated for a Best Director Oscar and Robert Krasker won for Best Cinematography for this superlative thriller about post-WWII criminal intrigue in still-ravaged, bureaucratically compromised Vienna. Orson Welles excels in perhaps his most famous role as homicidal rogue Harry Lime. In fact, Lime is so charming, even after it’s found he has murdered people and faked his own death, his estranged paramour (Alida Valli) remains loyal to him and his old best friend (Joseph Cotten) cannot bring himself to believe the awful truth. With a story and screenplay by Graham Greene (who later adapted it into a novel).


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