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Wonderful film, horrible commentary
on March 10, 2004
I was in my early teens when this movie first came out, and it really knocked me out. It still does. It is full of mystery and art, beauty and pathos, banality and the sublime. I didn't fully understand it either then or now, and maybe Antonioni didn't altogether either, but he certainly knew he was on to something. It is beautiful and mesmerizing in any case, and one of a handful of films I really enjoy seeing over and over...decade after decade.
That said, I was driven nearly apoplectic by the driveling idiocy of the commentary track on this new DVD. This blithering hyena would have ruined the film for me forever had I not had the presence of mind to shut him off after the first 25 minutes or so. From informing us all that there is "no such thing as nature" (it's just a "social construct"...right, like an "avalanche") to hammering home ad nauseam that men are evil oppressors and women are their innocent victims (it couldn't be that both sexes are prone to selling themselves out...as the film so clearly depicts), this imbecilic clown bludgeons any viewer with a remnant of a functioning brain with what a total boondoggle collegiate "Film Studies" are.
Do the whole world a favor, and buy this great movie on VHS, which has excellent quality. Don't reward the mindless drudges of P.C. academia by buying this disc.