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

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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 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XQZK1Y
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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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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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A 1957 Antonioni film which was completely new to me. (I had literally never heard of it.) The title translates as "The Cry", which IMDB describes as a "rare, early film" from the master director. Far more of a neorealist work, given the subject matter, although the Antonioni style is very, very much in evidence. It is the story of the jilted Aldo (Steve Cochran), as he drifts around the Po valley with his daughter. (Born out of wedlock with Irma, his partner of seven years.)

It is an extremely atmospheric film, which plays out against the most barren of landscapes. Leafless trees and foggy skies are used in a very symbolic way, as the film's characters suffer with their bleak, hopeless situations. On the one hand, it plays like a snapshot of fifties life in rural Italy....... the Emilio Romagna region, in fact. (Much like "Blow Out" shows us London in the swinging sixties and "Zabriskie Point" crystallises a hippy era Los Angeles.) On the other hand, this film manages to feel amazingly relevant, in its depiction of people being left behind by a changing world.
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Having seen Antonioni's later more famous films,L'Avventura,La Notte,L'Eclisse,Red Desert and Passenger, I was only too keen to dip into this earlier neo-realist drama of working man mechanic,Steve Cochran(Aldo) rejected by his lover Irma,he takes off with his daughter,Rosina,as they travel round the Po valley,flat lands,marshlands and flood plains in search of love and work.It's a heartfelt journey,full of full-blooded episodes,with interesting characters,in a wide desolate environment.The aimless drift and wandering is emphasised by the mist and lost child theme,the working class shacks in an industrial landscape,reminiscent of Red Desert,the feeling of being on the road,his stay at the roadside gas station.There is a theme of distant horizons as in Venezuela.

There are scenes where the modern world encroaches like the motor-boat race(cf rockets in La Notte).Irma(Alida Valli), with whom he's been for 7 years,while her husband is working in Australia,offered him the richest relationship and by whom he's had a daughter,needs him the least.Elvia,his ex needs him emotionally,but takes more than she gives.As he travels on the relationships grow more physical.Virginia(Dorian Gray),the voluptuous,sensual widow who runs the roadside petrol station.She puts her father,wayward and anarchic like Aldo's Rosina,into a home and demands he sends Rosina back home on a bus.This he does in one of the most heart-breaking scenes,but due to his depression,he realizes Virginia is not the answer.He moves onto Adreina(Lyn Shaw)at the lowest level of society living in a leaking shack as a prostitute,their relationship is primarily sexual,Aldo works on a Po fishingdredger, on a river given to flooding.
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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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