Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mystery woman who he calls Grace. She is suffering from amnesia and has ... See full summary »
A journalist researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. When the journalist notices that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased's identity and accepts the consequences that it brings. Written by
In the DVD commentary, Nicholson states that Antonioni constructed the entire hotel entirely so that the final shot could be accomplished, though he suggests that the entire hotel was built on hinges instead of simply the bars outside the window. This assertion is incorrect as production photos and several books testify. The shot was made by opening the bars which were on hinges and allowing the camera to pass through and be picked up outside. What also attracted the director to this building is it used to be a church and was across the street from a bullfight ring. See more »
I just saw this movie last night on the big screen as part of the re-release. Without a doubt, this is a great movie. I knew nothing about it going in, except that Jack was in a movie by the guy who did Blow-Up...needless to say, the film lacks the chic swinging London vibe of Blow- Up however is much more effective in terms of playing out an ambiguous mystery and Jack gives a remarkable, subdued performance. Keep in mind when seeing this film that it is sloooooooow, but the payoffs are well worth it (highly recommended to see on the big screen). Antonioni is incredibly assured behind the camera and lets the story play out in its own time. The way the story is revealed is like a trail of lost breadcrumbs that the audience is given only when it is absolutely starving for something. Once they are given, those crumbs turn into succulent, nourishing slices of (insert favorite food here). The last scene, for me, was worth ten times the price of admission. That which is inevitable is the most haunting.
29 of 46 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?