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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Storyline

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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9 October 1958 (Portugal)  »

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Trivia

In Italian, Il Grido (1957) means "The Outcry". The film was released in English-speaking territories as "The Cry". See more »

Goofs

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

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A good film that is also not very interesting up until the end.
25 September 2015 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A local theater is currently showing an Antonioni Exhibition and doing a retrospective of several of his films.

Although I am familiar from film studies with this period of Italian cinema I had not yet seen any Italian Neo-Realist films, or any Antonioni films for that matter.

The film starts of well with some decent drama but quickly evolves into a meandering tale. Throughout the film I often found myself on the verge of boredom, thankfully Aldo's encounters with different women kept me still somewhat entertained. The existentialist themes of this story are not lost on me but I did find this somewhat of a chore to sit through.

I only really put together the films themes in my head after watching it. So it did leave me thinking but not very much.

This is a film I could only recommend to someone that is actually interested in this period of Italian cinema and this particular director. A solid film but nothing spectacular. I followed it up with watching L'Eclisse for the first time a couple of days later, which I enjoyed a great deal better.


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