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 Posted:   Jan 27, 2010 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This 1953 anthology film is Antonioni's attempt at the whole "youth rebel" genre, and boy does he miss the boat. Could this be his worst film ever?

The three stories about youth gone wild (France, Italy, England) are totally predictable, the acting performances are laughable and the dialogue is stilted, theatrical, unrealistic. I have no idea what must have gone through his mind while writing this. The best part is unquestionably the Italy sequence, with the smuggler fugitive. At least it had some decent chase scenes with the bewildered man running around. And what about those moralistic voiceovers in the beginning and end?! What is this, an educational film?

At least Fusco's music was great, very different from his usual sultry jazz sax. There's the opening fanfares, the typical mandolin music for the Italy part and a nice piano theme for the crazy English poet in the last part. However, the highlight was the gorgeous flute theme for the young French guys running around the countryside in the first part. Loved that.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2010 - 1:18 AM   
 By:   Chris1770   (Member)

Unfortunately, I've never seen this movie. But I admire Fusco's scoring very much. "Après la guerre" is one of my favorites of his. Hopefully it will get a release. "Gli indifferenti" is interesting, and it's out on CD released through CAM records. The CAM compilation with "L'avventura/desserto rosso/l'eclisse" (all Anonioni movies - a director whose work I do not particularly like) is recommended, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2010 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Unfortunately, I've never seen this movie. But I admire Fusco's scoring very much. "Après la guerre" is one of my favorites of his. Hopefully it will get a release. "Gli indifferenti" is interesting, and it's out on CD released through CAM records. The CAM compilation with "L'avventura/desserto rosso/l'eclisse" (all Anonioni movies - a director whose work I do not particularly like) is recommended, too.

Yeah, I'll get to those three in an Antonioni retrospective I'm attending at the Cinema Club shortly.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2010 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Hi, Thor:

Did I miss your review of "Le Amiche"?
You have reviewed Antonioni's films from 1953;
then the next post I see is about "Il Grido" from '57.
What happened to your viewing/critique of 1955's "Le Amiche"?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2010 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hi, Thor:

Did I miss your review of "Le Amiche"?
You have reviewed Antonioni's films from 1953;
then the next post I see is about "Il Grido" from '57.
What happened to your viewing/critique of 1955's "Le Amiche"?


No, you didn't miss it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find that title in the big video library I'm rummaging through to find these things. Its pre-L'AVVENTURA catalogue is limited, I'm afraid. Hopefully, I'll get to it (and other early MA efforts) at a later date.

 
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