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Il Grido [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1957]

Steve Cochran , Alida Valli , Michelangelo Antonioni    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Cochran, Alida Valli
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XQZK1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A cinematic "cry" from one of the most revered of all auteurs, Italian maestro Michelangelo Antonioni (L'avventura, La notte, Il deserto rosso) depicts a world of heartbreaking alienation, with characters riven by trauma, cast against the stunning backdrop of northern Italy's Po Valley where the director spent his childhood. When sugar refinery worker Aldo (American actor Steve Cochran in a career-best performance) is jilted by his mistress, Irma (Alida Valli, famed for her role in The Third Man), he takes to the road. With daughter in tow, Aldo wanders the Po River delta, seeking temporary but always illusory respite with a series of lovers, who only serve to remind him of Irma. Unable to find a new life, Aldo's haunted past gives way to a fateful finale. With a script conceived by Antonioni, exquisite cinematography (including a signature concern with desolate vistas), and a plaintive score by renowned composer Giovanni Fusco, the award-winning Il grido which scooped the "Golden Leopard" at Locarno is an early key work in the director's much-celebrated oeuvre. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Il grido for home viewing in the UK for the very first time. ----SPECIAL FEATURES---- *New high-definition transfer of the film in its original aspect ratio *Newly translated optional English subtitles *Original 1957 Italian theatrical trailer *Previously unseen footage deleted *56-page booklet featuring a colour reproduction of the original Italian poster, archival publicity stills, an essay by William Arrowsmith (Antonioni: The Poet of Images), and writing and interviews from Michelangelo Antonioni

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Il Grido as it was meant to be seen! 6 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
A great remastered version of a classic film. At last we can see Antonioni's film and Steve Cochran's performance in sharp beautiful images. I'm in the US and thought I would have to purchase a multi region dvd to view this and was prepared to do so. But, in 3 out of our 4 dvds, it played with no problems.New and even more sub titles have been added as well as the Italian trailer and a few deleted scenes. The story of Aldo and his long journey to nowhere is symbolic of working people all over the world. Steve Cochran gives the best perormance of his under rated career. It's about time Hollywood honored this magnificent actor for his film roles and not his tabloid adventures.Antonino, Cochran and the other performers, Alida Valli, Betsy Drake, Dorian Gray and Lyn Shaw are excellent. A film you see once and never forget. So see this version many times and you'll always find something you missed before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early, more neo-realist Antonioni 31 Jan 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Unique amongst the Antonioni films I've seen, in that it has a lower
class and 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Antonioni 11 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
I've 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 American B-actor 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.
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