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Identification of a Woman (1982)
"Identificazione di una donna" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  15 November 1996 (USA)
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The movie director Niccolo has just been left by his wife. This gives him the idea of making a movie about women's relationships. He starts to search for a woman who can play the leading ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Niccolò
Daniela Silverio ...
Mavi
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Ida
Lara Wendel ...
Girl in swimming pool
Veronica Lazar ...
Carla
Enrica Antonioni ...
Nadia (as Enrica Fico)
Sandra Monteleoni ...
Mavi's sister
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Mario
Gianpaolo Saccarola ...
The gorilla
Arianna De Rosa ...
Mavi's friend
Dado Ruspoli ...
Mavi's father (as Alessandro Ruspoli)
Carlos Alberto Valles ...
Close-up man (as Carlos Valles)
Sergio Tardioli ...
Butcher
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Lucio
Paola Dominguín ...
Girl in window
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The movie director Niccolo has just been left by his wife. This gives him the idea of making a movie about women's relationships. He starts to search for a woman who can play the leading part in the movie - but also in his own life... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Adverse word-of-mouth following 'New York Times' critic Vincent Canby's negative review of the film at the 1982 New York Film Festival led to the film being dropped by its US distributor. The film was eventually given a theatrical release in US in 1996. See more »

Quotes

Niccolo: He's got a face that made Heine say, "As sad as a German two days dead."
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Soundtracks

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(as "Calma nella foresta")
Written by Edvard Grieg (as E. H. Grieg)
Performed by Antonio Pirolli (piano)
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A divorced film director has an affair that ends badly and its mostly her fault, then another affair that ends badly and its mostly his fault.
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Antonioni's "The Passenger" is probably my favorite film. It's a singular work which manages to have the highest philosophical ambitions without seeming the least pretentious. That's not to say that Antonioni never seems pretentious. He sometimes is very much so, and this is a case in point. I wouldn't describe this as a good movie exactly- it's a bit too self-absorbed, with some lousy dialog and a howlingly funny leading man, who seems like an SNL parody of an Italian leading man. But having said that, it's still vintage Antonioni, and he was a master. For every moment that makes a fan wince, there are others of exceptional compositional beauty: street scenes in which "extras" take on inarticulable metaphysical weight, moments, such as a scene where the protagonist is lost in fog, that seem to depict the invisible. The theme of the film could seem misogynistic, and in a way it is. But really, this film is about the unknowability of the Other, and the way that black hole nonetheless illuminates Being.


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