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.


ZABRISKIE POINT
1970, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Director Michelangelo Antonioni follows the mind-expanding odyssey of two youths on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in slow-motion apocalypse to the strains of Pink Floyd.


NOSTALGHIA
1983, Kino Intl., 125 min, Italy/Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film outside the Soviet Union was shot in Italy, where Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) has traveled to research an 18th-century composer. Though the interpreter (Domiziana Giordano) accompanying him is quite charming, Andrei is stricken with homesickness, until he meets an eccentric (Erland Josephson) who challenges him to save the world. This haunting, visually poetic film garnered several awards at Cannes (though Soviet authorities reportedly prevented it from winning the Palme d’Or).


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