I’m of two minds about this film. I love what it’s about, I love the performances, and I love the way it leaves its themes throughout. But the tone was so one-note. And I presume that was intentional. It gets you into the mindset of your protagonist who has only known one type of life. But it makes the run-time feel a little longer than it actually is.
Film students and critics love to make a big deal about the "showy" moments in this movie. They go on about the long takes, the prologue, the hidden 82s, the narration, the sing-a-long and the frogs. It's kind of hard not to. And with an epic run-time of 188 minutes, there is no shortage of "showy" acting as well. Not a single moment comes easy. People hurt and people get hurt. Every single character is an exposed raw nerve. So…
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By the middle of the 1960s it was undeniable that the baby-boomers were on the rise and the World War II generation was on the decline. While many in the older generation responded to this phenomenon with fear and aggression, others found it fascinating. Having already completed a trilogy of films (L'avventura, La Notte and L'eclisse) in effort to understand his own generation's ennui, 54 year-old Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni decided it was now time to see what gave the…