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What can you see now?
[looking out the window]
A man scratching his shoulder, a kid throwing stones, and dust. It's very dusty here.
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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.
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