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Il Grido (1957)

Il grido (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 October 1958 (Portugal)
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.

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Michelangelo Antonioni (idea), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... Aldo
Alida Valli ... Irma
Dorian Gray Dorian Gray ... Virginia
Jacqueline Jones ... Andreina (as Lyn Shaw)
Gabriella Pallotta ... Edera, her sister (as Gabriella Pallotti)
Pina Boldrini Pina Boldrini ... Lina
Guerrino Campanilli Guerrino Campanilli ... Virginia's father
Mirna Girardi Mirna Girardi ... Rosina
Lilia Landi Lilia Landi
Gaetano Matteucci Gaetano Matteucci ... Edera's fiancé
Betsy Blair ... Elvia
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Storyline

After living seven years with the mechanic Aldo, having a daughter with him, the simple woman Irma is informed that her absent husband had just died in Sydney. She becomes upset when Aldo proposes to marry her and she tells him that she is going to leave him. Unable to explain how much he loves her, Aldo takes their daughter Rosina and travels with her, meeting different women in different places, trying to establish a new relationship and fill the emptiness of his sentimental life. He visits his former lover Elvia; he meets and lives with the widow Virginia, who owns a gas station; he lives with the prostitute Andreina. But these relationships never complete the needy Aldo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 October 1958 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outcry See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Michelangelo Antonioni's only film set within a working class background. See more »

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The final shot shows Aldo's body to be impossibly distant from the building from which he fell. See more »

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25 July 2011 | by bobsgrockSee all my reviews

Films like Il Grido are nearly impossible to qualify or calculate on any real scale simply because they do not adhere to conventional rules of filmmaking. Michelangelo Antonioni's existential journey is very episodic in nature as we watch a self-contained man travel away from his lover in search of more fulfilling relationships after she turns down his marriage proposal. What follows may or may not make an emotional impact on the viewer as it is very languid pacing and tediously told. Antonioni fills the screen with endless long shots and long takes of the most desolate, empty and vast areas possible, especially for a country known to be so vibrant and fruitful as Italy. This seems to represent the protagonist's soul, his yearning for some sort of satisfaction that he cannot seem to grab a hold of. Despite the downtrodden mood of the film, it is a captivating journey, exploring the depths and lengths to which humans seek pleasure in any form. Of course, this assumes that pleasure is the right word.


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