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Il Grido [Import]

Gabriella Pallotta , Steve Cochran , Michelangelo Antonioni    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stark and Beautiful Jan. 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I've given this a rating of 4 rather than 5 based on the DVD production, rather than on the film--which I'd rate a full 5. The image on disc needs cleaning up--spots and little jerks are sometimes distracting; and there are no helpful extras--a commentary at least would have been very helpful. But the subtitles are good and readable, and the movie itself is wonderful.
The story is grim enough in outline--a rebuffed lover spirals down into despair, and he spirals down into a society with no safety net. But the black and white countryside, the roadside gas station, the villages, the shack where the prostitute lives, all these are hauntingly photographed. And each character is a surprise, so that the film feels populated by a whole world of very real people, not 'written' characters. There are a couple of moments in the story that can break your heart--such as when the main character sends his little daughter away--but the film is not at all depressing; you feel moved, but also elated at the brilliance of the filmmaking--and maybe a little awestruck if, like me, you grew up in the US midwest and never suspected that out in the big world, people were making truly adult films back in the 1950s, films that are as rich and satisfying as a good novel. The concluding sequence opens the story up and gives it almost epic scope, as the character returns to the village he left, to find himself in the midst of an anti-government riot--though by now, the rioters' issues are meaningless to him.
I'm not enough of a film expert to compare this intelligently with Antonioni's later masterpiece, "L'Avventura" (which I've probably misspelled), except to say that if you love that film, you really must see this one; and, if you found that later film obscure and too slow-paced, give this one a try before deciding Antonioni isn't accessible. This one will really pull you in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No L'Avventura, But Very Good Jan. 30 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I've only seen one other of Antonioni's films--L'Avventura--so I'm no authority. (I'm very much looking forward to seeing more though.)
This is a very fine film. While the inability of Aldo to communicate with women, and find succor in committed or romantic love, is very interesting, this film seems to me to be more about some of the changes happening in rural Italian society, progress that Antonioni expresses as having a very negative impact on working people.
The scenery is bleak and barren. Antonioni often has the camera pulled back, so that you see the whole of the human figures futilely moving among featureless buildings or arid ground. The cinematography, the camera shots themselves of the landscape as well as of the human figures, is excellent. There are a number of interesting angles used through windows of couples separating. The acting is of a uniformly high standard.
I was reminded of Modern Times. In that film, Chaplin was always on the move, and largely oblivious to the social forces working around him--much of the time he is forcused on simply getting a job, as is Aldo. Aldo can't find permanent work, despite being a gifted mechanic. The police are often lurking in the background, enforcing petty and occassionally cruel laws.
While its not as good as L'Avventura--which is more mysterious and ambiguous and less polemical--its a terrific film, well worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Il Grido (The Outcry) Feb. 15 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Il Grido is an unusual vehicle for Steve Cochran who appeared in gangster flics in the 50's - and was famous for affairs with Jayne Mansfield, Mae West, Mamie Van Doren and Joan Crawford. His private life seemed to mirror his screen personna but his acting prowess becomes evident near the end of his life in Il Grido. A strange account of a man's decline from the Italian working class to aimless drifting in an ever engulfing bleak landscape. His encounters with women depict the volatility of his well-meaning but purposeless character, Aldo, but his anguish only becomes evident when leaving his young daughter- sensing they will never meet again. As her train departs, Aldo's anguish becomes wrenching and is the beginning of his eventual dissolution.
A thoughtful challenging movie for its poetic imagery and cinematic imagery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early. more neo-realist Antonioni April 24 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Unique amongst the Antonioni films I've seen, in that it has a lower
class, sympathetic lead character.

A worker is rejected by his long time lover when he asks to marry her,
and takes their shared 7 year old daughter and hits the road in
response, meeting and struggling with various women along the way.

A much more naturalistic and neo-realist film than other Antonioni
films, interesting and moving, with a much clearer POV and story. It's
also very well shot, although in a more subtle, less breathtaking way
than his other work. But it does succumb to melodramatics at times, and
the acting is OK, not great. There's also a touch of misogyny. But this
is still a solid work by a master film-maker, so worth checking out if
Antonioni is of interest to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stark and Beautiful Jan. 27 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I've given this a rating of 4 rather than 5 based on the DVD production, rather than on the film--which I'd rate a full 5. The image on disc needs cleaning up--spots and little jerks are sometimes distracting; and there are no helpful extras--a commentary at least would have been very helpful. But the subtitles are good and readable, and the movie itself is wonderful.
The story is grim enough in outline--a rebuffed lover spirals down into despair, and he spirals down into a society with no safety net. But the black and white countryside, the roadside gas station, the villages, the shack where the prostitute lives, all these are hauntingly photographed. And each character is a surprise, so that the film feels populated by a whole world of very real people, not 'written' characters. There are a couple of moments in the story that can break your heart--such as when the main character sends his little daughter away--but the film is not at all depressing; you feel moved, but also elated at the brilliance of the filmmaking--and maybe a little awestruck if, like me, you grew up in the US midwest and never suspected that out in the big world, people were making truly adult films back in the 1950s, films that are as rich and satisfying as a good novel. The concluding sequence opens the story up and gives it almost epic scope, as the character returns to the village he left, to find himself in the midst of an anti-government riot--though by now, the rioters' issues are meaningless to him.
I'm not enough of a film expert to compare this intelligently with Antonioni's later masterpiece, "L'Avventura" (which I've probably misspelled), except to say that if you love that film, you really must see this one; and, if you found that later film obscure and too slow-paced, give this one a try before deciding Antonioni isn't accessible. This one will really pull you in.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Il Grido (The Outcry) Feb. 15 2000
By Patricia A. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Il Grido is an unusual vehicle for Steve Cochran who appeared in gangster flics in the 50's - and was famous for affairs with Jayne Mansfield, Mae West, Mamie Van Doren and Joan Crawford. His private life seemed to mirror his screen personna but his acting prowess becomes evident near the end of his life in Il Grido. A strange account of a man's decline from the Italian working class to aimless drifting in an ever engulfing bleak landscape. His encounters with women depict the volatility of his well-meaning but purposeless character, Aldo, but his anguish only becomes evident when leaving his young daughter- sensing they will never meet again. As her train departs, Aldo's anguish becomes wrenching and is the beginning of his eventual dissolution.
A thoughtful challenging movie for its poetic imagery and cinematic imagery.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Antonioni Nov. 11 2007
By J. A. Eyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I usually avoid old Italian films but something in the blurb on the DVD cover intrigued me. Still, I kept my expectations low which may partially explain the high rating I gave this movie.

It took awhile to get used to watching Steve Cochran dubbed, but I was eased past it for the simple reason that he is just about perfect as an Italian man humiliated when his lover (and mother of his daughter) leaves him. He takes his daughter and hits the road -- on foot -- with no goal in mind. Certainly, it isn't to find a woman, altho he keeps running into lonely, yearning woman that he just can't seem to focus romantically on. One woman is played by American Betsy Blair (also dubbed). Another is played by a now unknown actress Lynn Shaw who was tantalizingly beautiful (internet research has inconclusively determined that she's British -- regardless -- whatever happened to her?!).

This is a black & white film by Michangelo Antonioni whose team gives the gritty visuals a lyrical beauty. And it includes some fine work by Italian actors -- especially the actress named, believe it or not, Dorian Gray. Altho Alida Valli's name is high in the cast, she has just a supporting part in the vital role of the woman who betrays him.

This is a fascinating look at another culture in another era -- but with drama that feels universal.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brutal Reality of Rejection and Heartbreak Aug. 8 2011
By Stephen C. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is my first time seeing this film; I then reviewed the DVD chapters and watched the final 30 minutes of the picture again, in the process becoming more aware of the depth of its subtext. In "Il Grido", Antonioni's maturation as a filmmaker since "Le Amiche" (1955) is in strong evidence as he maps the downward spiral of the antagonist/anti-hero Aldo. This gray, foggy film features Alida Valli as Irma, one of my favorite Italian actresses (she makes use of a Representative acting style, that is hysterical and and could even be construed as "camp", yet Valli is completely credible as a serious actress). Steve Cochran, who portrays Irma's jilted lover Aldo, is an American actor with matinee-idol looks, whose work I was previously unfamiliar with. He is believable as an Italian, and the dubbing is excellent; so good that at first I thought the various American/Anglophone actors in the film had actually learned italian for their roles! Cochran has a brutish, yet refined presence, and Antonioni definitely made good use of him in this picture.

After Aldo is rejected by Valli, the bitterness of the time wasted in his failed relationship with Irma spurs him into a kind of hobo-like existence, with his daughter Rosina (Mirna Girardi) in tow, wherein he walks a tightrope over his emotional abyss. On this journey, he encounters lost souls in various forms; Aldo's lost flame, Elvia (Betsy Blair); the gas station owner widow Virginia (Dorian Gray), the prostitute Andreina (Lyn Shaw) who lives in a shack. Aldo runs across an opportunity to start a new life in South America, but throws this chance away. During Aldo's wandering, there are touching scenes with Rosina, who tormented Aldo tries to care for in his desperate state. The scene where he puts Rosina on a bus to send her back to her mother (Irma) is especially moving. In this film, it is often between the lines, when the characters are not speaking, where one can feel the most compassion for them. This is a testament to Antonioni's ability to extract emotional power solely from the visual aspect of the film. Another highlight is Giovanni Fusco's score that is well-integrated into the picture.

Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Hideous Exuberance"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Film Noir to Masterpiece July 26 2008
By Christine Souter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I came to this film through the actor Steve Cochran, rather than Antonioni, though I knew of the great director's work. The combination of Antonioni and Cochran seemed a strange mix until I discovered that Cochran's own production Co was involoved. Tough guy, wonamizer, and film noir actor collaborating with the great Antononi , but they came together with a fantastic story, of a journey to nowhere filled with pathos, anger and finally desperation. Due to the Italian government's censorship, feeling the film too existentialistic, it was almost ignored there and had little play in the US. Cochran never received any credit for a great performance and the film, except for some critical acclaim was virtually forgotten. Now, with the release of this DVD, new audiences can finally appreciate the film, the director, and the actor.There is now a beautifully remastered version of this film by Masters of Cinema in the UK. The film is gorgeous, new subtitles, deleted scenes, and the Italian trailer. Although it's region 2, I was able to play it on 3 out of 4 region 1, dvds. I really hope with the release of this version, Steve Cochran will finally get some recognition in Hollywood for his outstanding work as Aldo. Alida Valli, Betsy Blair, Dorian Gray, and Lyn Shaw, as well as Cochran are gorgeous to see on screen in this magnificent film--truly a masterpiece. See it once, you'll never forget it--see this version and you'll watch it many times with great pleasure.
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