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Professione: reporter (1975)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 9 April 1975 (USA)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

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Storyline

A journalist researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. When the journalist notices that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased's identity and accepts the consequences that it brings. Written by MuzikJunky

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I used to be somebody else...but I traded him in.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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9 April 1975 (USA)  »

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Beruf: Reporter  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,157, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$619,744, 12 March 2006
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In the DVD commentary, Jack Nicholson stated that Director Michelangelo Antonioni constructed the entire hotel, so that the final shot could be accomplished, though he suggests that the entire hotel was built on hinges, instead of simply the bars outside the window. This assertion is incorrect, as production photos and several books testify. The shot was made by opening the bars which were on hinges and allowing the camera to pass through and be picked up outside. What also attracted Antonioni to this building, is it used to be a church, and was across the street from a bullfight ring. See more »

Quotes

David Locke: What can you see now?
The Girl: [looking out the window] A man scratching his shoulder, a kid throwing stones, and dust. It's very dusty here.
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Referenced in Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Famous concluding shot worth the wait.
7 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Slow but well worth the time it takes to arrive at the shattering conclusion. Watch it more than once as there are many small visual cues and tips that add both to the plot and theme. Jack Nicholson is superb - and surprisingly low-key - as the jaded and detached reporter who switches identity with a dead man out of boredom more than anything else. Maria Schneider is fine in a somewhat underwritten role. The real stars however are Antonioni's restlessly roving camera and the sublime locations which include the Sahara desert, a cable-car, and that bewitching Gaudi rooftop in Barcelona.


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