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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I just finished viewing this on DVD and I kept thinking - can anyone imagine someone making a picture like this these days?
Of course, this film was a product of a time and a place and a sensibility that is now long gone. But be that as it may, this is an excellent film about a married couple who have fallen out of love. OK, no one will be viewing this looking for escapist entertainment. However if you are looking for what the Cinema can do without a blue-screen to enlighten, engross and even (dare I say it) entertain while at the same time shedding some light on human relationships - this film comes highly recommended. Excellent cast too!
With his refinement and cinematic artistry, Antonioni was definitely hitting on all cylinders during the early 60's doing stories that would probably raise a loud 'HUH?' at a Hollywood pitch session - then or now.
While I don't rate this at quite the same level as L'Aventura, this is up there with the best of his films (IMHO).
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