IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN
IDENTIFICAZIONE DI UNA DONNA
1982, Janus Films, 128 min, Italy/France, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

In his last movie before his debilitating stroke (he did not make another feature until 1995’s BEYOND THE CLOUDS), director Michelangelo Antonioni follows filmmaker Niccolo (Tomas Milian) as he encounters, then loses contact with two beautiful women. On a search for both a committed passion and the ideal woman for his next film, Niccolo hungrily loses himself in sex but is unable to express love. With Daniela Silverio, Christine Boisson, Veronica Lazar, Enrica Fico (the future Mrs. Antonioni) and Marcel Bozzuffi. "The most openly erotic of Antonioni's features, and…one of the most beautiful (what he does with fog in one famous sequence is particularly memorable)…" – Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader.


FRANTIC
1988, Warner Bros., 120 min, France/USA, Dir: Roman Polanski

Harrison Ford, in one of his best performances, plays an American surgeon visiting Paris for a medical conference when his wife vanishes from their hotel room. Receiving no help from local authorities, he follows his only clue - a piece of errant luggage - to a streetwise young woman (Emmanuelle Seigner) who also lost her bag at the airport. Featuring a tense Ennio Morricone score, this is a thriller worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, and one of Polanski’s most underrated films.


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