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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
Lynn Shaw ... 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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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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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 October 1958 (Portugal) See more »

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The Outcry See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Michelangelo Antonioni's first collaboration with his future muse and lover, Monica Vitti. Although Vitti doesn't physically appear in the film, she dubbed the Italian lines for Dorian Gray. 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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Emptiness and Search
24 September 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After living seven years with the mechanic Aldo (Steve Cochran), having a daughter with him, the simple woman Irma (Alida Valli) 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 (Mirna Girardi) 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 (Betsy Blair); he meets and lives with the widow Virginia (Dorian Gray), who owns a gas station; he lives with the prostitute Andreina (Lynn Shaw). But these relationships never complete the needy Aldo.

Michelangelo Antoniani is the filmmaker of the troubled relationships and "Il Grido" is a depressive story of a worker seeking a woman to fulfill the emptiness of his sentimental life after his seven year mate breaks their marriage. Without possessions, he needs to work to survive with his daughter while trying to live with another woman, in a sad and tragic story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Grito" ("The Cry")


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