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Beyond The Clouds [DVD] [1994]

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  • Actors: Irene Jacob, Ines Sastre, Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, John Malkovich
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HFJF98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Beyond The Clouds was director Antonioni's first film in ten years and also his last. THis much-anticipated comeback, assisted by Wim Wenders, did not disappoint and displayed all the hallmarks of one of cinema's greatest legends. Adapted from Antonioni's own short stories, four tales of love and desire are linked by a director in pursuit of his next project. Infatuations, infidelities, encounters unresolved and unrequited love are presented with stunning imagery and feature a remarkable cast led by Sophie Marceau, Irene Jacob, Fanny Ardant, John Malkovich and Jean Reno.

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Spiritual eroticism that is unmistakenly Antonioni --Evening Standard

The stuff of cinematic genius --Independent on Sunday

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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2003
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Most of the reviews of these wonderful four stories are rather chilly and reserved, but for me it's one of best pieces of visual artwork I've ever come across. It's either you take it, or leave it, doesn't matter if the stories could have happened or not and if the characters behave reasonably or otherwise. Give it a try and you'll return to it. BTW - the music is exceptional.
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The first time I watched this film I was slightly bored - couldn't understand what was being said or why. However, having watched it again recently I took each 'story' at face value and found myself thoroughly enjoying the beautiful camera work and actually making some sense of what the film was about and the various themes at play.

if you're not interested in watching films about the genesis of ideas, this is definitely not for you, but if you just want to sit back and watch a couple of hours of beautiful film making, I would reccomend it.
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A beautifully shot film. Though at times the continental soundtrack and the in your face scenarios makes you wonder if this is some kind of soft porn film. There are some haunting scenarios (all has been performed well), but some should have been left on the cutting floor. The least plausible one makes you wonder just how does John Malkovich's character gets to bed Sophie Marceau. Even though they are just characters, it makes you wonder if they were only included just to involve the repective famed actors.
Nevertheless, for fans of European Cinema (especially Antonioni) viewing is recommended. For me, this art film walks on a fine line of pretension and genuine liberation.
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A summing up of all the aging, ailing Antonioni's career themes, His strengths (visual beauty, a sense of mystery and poetry) and weaknesses (pretentious stiff dialogue, ideas that are sometimes not really all that deep, a penchant for getting beautiful actresses undressed without a lot of justification... not that it isn't enjoyable...).

But this is also something quite different than he's ever done, in that these are a series of short stories, loosely tied together by sequences of John Malkovich playing a director looking for his next film (Wim Wenders helped the physically limited Antonioni by directing the Malkovich sections).

By keeping the pieces smaller, I found this more fun, and more moving than most of Antonioni's films. There isn't the chance for the ideas to run as thin, and there seems to be more empathy for his characters now. Humans may be screwed up, but Antonioni no longer stands above them judging. One moment actually brought me near tears.

The film captures the lonely enigmatic solitude of the artist, and of life itself.
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The first time I watched this film I was slightly bored - couldn't understand what was being said or why. However, having watched it again recently I took each 'story' at face value and found myself thoroughly enjoying the beautiful camera work and actually making some sense of what the film was about and the various themes at play.

if you're not interested in watching films about the genesis of ideas, this is definitely not for you, but if you just want to sit back and watch a couple of hours of beautiful film making, I would reccomend it.
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After the ecstatic reviews it received in the press, I found this film disappointing. I can only imagine that the critics were being kind to an ill, old man of 82 and overly respectful of the reputation of a once great film director. Visually it is very attractive with beautiful shots of a lakeside village and very atmospheric and poetic shots of alleyways and streets in rain and mist. But when it comes to the actions and motivations of the people in the film it is a let-down. I like to be able to believe in and identify with the characters in a film and I couldn't do that here. There are four stories in the film and I will mention only two - the two that seem to me the most trite and pointless.
The first story stars two extremely good-looking newcomers to the screen (Kim Rossi Stuart & Ines Sastre.) He stops his car to ask her the way to the nearest hotel, and because he is so good-looking she gives him the name of her hotel. They see each other during the day and when they retire to their rooms at night across the landing from each other, she lies awake waiting for the knock on the door that never comes. In the morning she leaves early without seeing him. It is two years before they see each other again and this time their relationship progresses a little further - they get to be naked on the bed together. But he behaves in a very odd way indeed; for some five minutes he runs his hands over her body within a millimetre of her skin but without actually touching her. What she thinks is going on as she lies there passively, feeling nothing, is anybody's guess. Then after five minutes, still without having touched her, he gets up abruptly and without speaking a word leaves. Is that the action of a sane man? You wonder why he bothered to take his clothes off if he intended to do so little.
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The last film by Antonioni is very worth seeing, but not this version which features on screen blacking out of 'naughty bits',
and a very weak visual transfer.

Pick up the cheaper,'official' UK release instead.
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