Identification of a Woman DVD
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Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced in 1982
Main Language - Italian with English subtitles
Tomas Milian, Christine Boisson, Daniela Silverio
Movie director Niccolo has just been left by his wife. Her departure gives him the idea of making a movie about women in relationships. He begins his search for a leading lady and subconsiously also in his own life. The director soon becomes romantically involved with two lovers but fails to juggle the relationships. Niccolo is left alienated and confused when one of the women mysteriously disappears and the other becomes pregnant with another man's child. With its sense of incommunicability and detachment, Identification of a Woman was welcomed by many as something of a return to form for acclaimed Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, winning the 35th Anniversary Prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
Publisher: Mr Bongo
Length: 125 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 9th June 2008
Cat No: MRBDVD08
- Interviews: Tonino Guerra (Screenplay)
- Dialogue List.
by Anon on 3rd June 2008
In a different style from his more famous 1960s films, but still recognisably Antonioni, Identification of a Woman is a story about a film-maker in crisis. He needs a... Read on
In a different style from his more famous 1960s films, but still recognisably Antonioni, Identification of a Woman is a story about a film-maker in crisis. He needs a woman for his next film but it is not clear if what he is looking for is a character, an actress, or just a woman to fill a gap in his own life. His wanderings in search of this mystery figure take him to unexpected places and into unexpected situations and along the way he learns a few things about women he didn’t know before. But at the end of the day he is no closer than when he started. Realising the pitfalls of mixing art and life, he decides to abandon his search and do something different. I won’t give away the ending, but let’s say that what Antonioni does with his character is the exact opposite of what Fellini does in 8 1/2.
Identification of a Woman extended Antonioni’s exploration of themes of searching, uncertainty and alienation. The passing of time has served to confirm its high stature in the Antonioni canon. Hide
by Barry Forshaw on 27th May 2008
Two very different films from one of the greatest directors in the history of the cinema: L'Avventura is, of course, the film classic that changed the face of cinema w... Read on
Two very different films from one of the greatest directors in the history of the cinema: L'Avventura is, of course, the film classic that changed the face of cinema with its visual beauty and cool existential tone. It looks as impressive in the 21st century as when it was first released. Interestingly, that film (despite its arthouse credentials) centred on an unresolved mystery, as does the much later Identification of a Woman. Intriguingly, the latter now looks rather like Antonioni's essay in the Italian giallo thriller form, with what is essentially a crime novel plot. Gialli, however, usually provide a resolution, however implausible - and that has never been part of the director’s agenda. Hide