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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Antonioni, 11 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Il Grido [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (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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Initial post: 11 Jun 2011 15:36:47 BDT
Mr P Taylor says:
Lynn Shaw, who you mention (and who indeed was a cracker) acted under the name of Jacqueline Jones in later British movies - the best known of which was Pit of Darkness in 1962 - in which she was the alluring club hostess Mavis. It would be good to know more about her.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 02:16:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2011 02:50:52 BDT
J. A. Eyon says:
ahhh - thank you very much Mr P - i can at least find that movie

i had almost given up finding any more on her - and finding any of the italian films she's credited in

"alluring" is right!

if you have a reliable source for this bit of information - you might try adding it to IMDb - otherwise - you might just leave a message in the messageboard at her IMDb webpage - sometimes that prompts others to confide information they might have

i'm so happy for your post

PS: Wow - there are a couple dozen entries in her fiilmography under J Jones

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 12:39:28 BDT
Mr P Taylor says:
Well, J.A. - it get's better.....after posting my note about Pit of Darkness and Jacqueline Jones, I did a little more research.... you will of course find a full list of her Italian films under 'Lynn Shaw' at IMDB, plus mention of a further British film 'Keep it Clean' in which she plays a showgirl. Also, searching on 'Pit of Darkness' at moviegoods.com will show Lobby Cards 2 and 3 with her image. But the best is last!!!.....go to www.kebekmac.blogspot.com/2009/12/le-cri.html and run to the bottom of the page!!.....three rather unexpected but great photos! (PS J Jones you mention is probably Jennifer Jones, a prolific Hollywood actress)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 16:24:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2011 16:27:16 BDT
J. A. Eyon says:
thanks again - i'll have to check out the photos when i get home - the server at work doesn't allow access to blogs

when i wrote "J Jones" - i actually meant "Jacqueline Jones" but was too lazy to type the entire thing out - there is an IMDb entry for "Jacqueline Jones" - which includes PIT OF DARKNESS - etc

and i see PIT OF DARKNESS is available at a nearby DVD rental place - so guess what my next rental is going to be - actually - it'll be 2 for 1 night at the rental - so i'll get another JJ DVD - probably the THE AVENGER's episode

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 16:52:30 BDT
Mr P Taylor says:
You led me down an interesting nostalgic byway, J.A.! - searching wider on Lynn Shaw in Google, and with SafeSearch switched off, I discovered that she obviously had a previous career as a glamour model (not safe for work), and must have made the crossover at some point into movies: http://vintage-erotica-forum.com/showthread.php?t=90572 . I was about 16 when I saw Pit of Darkness, in the local picture palais, and Ms Jones's allure (there's that word again) clearly shone down off the screen to me, because I have never forgotten her! I hope she's enjoying a comfortable retirement - quite an achievement for those days, to be in both British and continental movies - particularly with Antonioni.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 20:18:57 BDT
J. A. Eyon says:
aha - my earlier research had come across a stint as a stripper or something like that - which i assume is what you're hinting at - definitely will have to check that latest link at home

like all her admirers - i'm relieved to find that she didn't disappear frrom the screen so quickly - and thanks to video technology - she might relish the notion that more hormonal young men will discover the youthful her all over again

did you notice that last entry in her filmography was in 1999 - after a 30 year gap - good for her
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