Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week

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Il Grido Antonioni
Il Grido (1957)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
While many of Antonioni's most venerated films veer so thoroughly into cinematic abstraction and various forms of narrative experimentation that ties to his neorealist predecessors begin to seem threadbare at best—though never fully severed, given the generally consistent sociopolitical legibility of his work—one of his earliest films, Il Grido, a tale of lost jobs, lost loves and forlorn wanderings in which the heavy presence of industrial trappings foreshadows later films like Red Desert, evidences that the stylistic grip of his forebears was once quite firm. Made just before truly blowing up—excuse the pun—with L'Avventura, Il Grido thus marks an intriguing chapter in the Italian filmmaker's oeuvre. Also, indeed, what an ending. Paul D'Agostino (May 8-10 at MoMA)

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