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IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1982) **1/2 See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Tomas Milian ... Niccolò
Daniela Silverio ... Mavi

Christine Boisson ... 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

Itaco Nardulli ... Lucio
Paola Dominguín ... Girl in window
Pier Francesco Aiello ... Young man at party (as Pierfrancesco Aiello)
Giada Gerini ... Landlady
Luisa Della Noce ... Mavi's mother
Stefania D'Amario ... Landlady's friend (as Maria Stefania D'Amario)
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Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni 
 
Writing credits
Michelangelo Antonioni (story)

Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) &
Gérard Brach (screenplay)

Tonino Guerra (scenario collaborator)

Produced by
Antonio Macri .... producer (as Antonio Macrì)
Giorgio Nocella .... producer
Renzo Rossellini .... associate producer
Alessandro von Norman .... executive producer (as Alessandro von Normann)
 
Original Music by
John Foxx 
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma 
 
Film Editing by
Michelangelo Antonioni 
 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
 
Costume Design by
Paola Comencini 
 
Production Management
Franco Ballati .... production manager
Lynn Kamern .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... assistant director (as Giovanni Arduini)
 
Art Department
Antonio Tarolla .... assistant art director
Massimo Tavazzi .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
Mario Bramonti .... sound engineer
Fernando Caso .... sound effects editor
Edmondo Gintili .... foley recordist
Alvaro Gramigna .... sound effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Massimo Di Venanzo .... camera operator
Michele Picciaredda .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Fiorenza Muller .... assistant editor
Giovanna Ritter .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dante Majorana .... composer: additional music
Dante Majorana .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Violetta Coata .... production secretary
Lorenzo Errico .... production secretary
Renata Franceschi .... script supervisor
Enzo Lucarini .... administrator (as Vincenzo Lucarini)
Vincenzo Mosca .... film sales executive
 

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Also Known As:
"Identificazione di una donna" - Italy (original title)
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128 min
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Italian censorship visa # 78159 delivered on 12-10-1982.See more »
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Niccolo:What some people will do for ice cream.See more »
Soundtrack:
Romantic WaltzSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1982) **1/2, 15 August 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Antonioni’s last film prior to his suffering a stroke is this very typical effort (co-written with Gerard Brach and Tonino Guerra), dealing with a number of key themes that run through his work – lack of communication, the mystery-as-journey-of-self-discovery, etc. That said, the film wasn’t picked up for U.S. release until 1996 and is subsequently perhaps the least-seen of Antonioni’s films from his post-AVVENTURA phase!

Anyway, the mystery element links the film with the director’s earlier BLOW UP (1966) and THE PASSENGER (1975); still, it’s never as intriguing here as in those more celebrated titles (especially since, for once, it’s explained away at the end!)…but, as I said, the film eventually emerges to be more about the mid-life crisis of its central character (despite the title). Interestingly, he’s a film director – though “Euro-Cult” favorite Tomas Milian feels as incongruous to Antonioni’s cinema as Marcello Mastroianni’s presence had been in LA NOTTE (1961)! He has an obsessive relationship with a young woman (even enjoying some LAST TANGO IN Paris [1972]-type sex scenes!) who eventually leaves him and disappears (shades also of L’AVVENTURA [1960]); while searching for her, he meets a variety of other willing girls (among them Antonioni’s own future wife Enrica Fico). Marcel Bozzuffi appears in one brief, irrelevant scene as Milian’s brother.

Overall, the film is tiresomely long and often mirrors the tedium experienced by the characters; the ending, however, is a beauty – suggesting that, even if he’s a failure at love, a film director is still left with his imagination. Carlo Di Palma’s cinematography is notable, too – particularly at the Venice location (where, coincidentally, I saw the Antonionis three years ago!) and during the tense fog-bound sequence; the film’s score, then, is a mix of electronic, ambient and pop – and all very much of its period. As was the case with THE PASSENGER, THE MYSTERY OF OBERWALD (which is now one of only two features by the director I’ve yet to catch up with!) and BEYOND THE CLOUDS (1995), Antonioni had a hand in the editing of the film; here, he receives sole credit for this and the result makes especially effective use of ellipses (the factors of time and space had always been a primary concern in his work – thus making the apparently mocking recourse to science-fiction at the end anything but coincidental!).

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