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Il Grido (1957)

Il grido (original title)
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.
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Aldo
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Irma
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Elvia
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Edera, her sister
Dorian Gray ...
Virginia
Lynn Shaw ...
Andreina
Mirna Girardi ...
Rosina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pina Boldrini ...
Lina
Guerrino Campanilli ...
Virginia's father
Pietro Corvelatti ...
Fisherman
Lilia Landi
Gaetano Matteucci ...
Edera's fiancé
Elli Parvo ...
Donna Matilda
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After living seven years with the mechanic Aldo, having a daughter with him, the simple woman Irma is informed that her absent husband had just died in Sydney. She becomes upset when Aldo proposes to marry her and she tells him that she is going to leave him. Unable to explain how much he loves her, Aldo takes their daughter Rosina and travels with her, meeting different women in different places, trying to establish a new relationship and fill the emptiness of his sentimental life. He visits his former lover Elvia; he meets and lives with the widow Virginia, who owns a gas station; he lives with the prostitute Andreina. But these relationships never complete the needy Aldo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Michelangelo Antonioni's only film set within a working class background. See more »

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The final shot shows Aldo's body to be impossibly distant from the building from which he fell. See more »

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Depressing and slow but still quite good.
29 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Some folks watching "Il Grido" might be surprised to see some Americans in this Italian film. In the 1950s and 60s, quite a few Italian directors (such as Antonioni and Fellini) cast Americans and had them dubbed into Italian. Most were second and third tier actors at the time (such as Steve Cochran, Richard Basehart and Anthony Quinn) but later even some big name stars performed in the Italian films (such as Burt Lancaster). I think the reason they did this was to attempt to increase the marketability of the movies outside of Italy--and these stars would help.

The film begins with Irma (Alida Valli) learning that her husband is dead. He apparently has been gone for many years and the interim she's been living with Aldo (Steve Cochran). They even have a child together. Here's the odd part, however, now that she knows she's a widow, she tells Aldo to leave! He is not at all happy and eventually he disappears along with his daughter. For the rest of the film, Aldo and his daughter move from town to town. However, Aldo has difficulty connecting with other women and he rejects opportunity after opportunity for relationships. Instead, he remains socially isolated and depressed.

Overall, you'll probably find this film a bit slow and depressing. While this is usually a big turn-off, it actually works here. Director Antonioni wants to create a depressing portrait of a lost man and does it quite well. The simple piano score sure helps with this. Not a film for everyone but exceptionally well made.

By the way, at one point in the film, you see folks saying they caught a couple porcupines and were going to eat them. These actually were hedgehogs--you never would hold porcupines the way they did nor do I think you'd eat them! This is simply a mistranslation.


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