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Identification of a Woman

Screening on Film
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.
With Tomás Milián, Christine Boisson, Daniela Silverio.
Italy, 1982, 35mm, color, 128 min.
Italian with English subtitles.
Print source: Cineteca Nazionale

“I don’t know the story yet, but the main character is a woman,” claims the disoriented film director in Antonioni’s last Italian-set inquiry into the imprecise nature of human relationships. Pursuing both an ideal mate and the perfect star for his new film, Niccolò receives an onslaught of challenging feminine puzzles. Two of them manifest in the forms of an elusive, unpredictable aristocrat and an emotionally open actress – both resisting easy definition or clear answers. Filmed as Antonioni approached seventy, he revisits and extends themes and visions broached throughout his career in vivid, updated cinematographic sweeps, sharpened by a raw, direct sexuality and encased in the existential Antonioni fog, now tainted by the insecure trappings of conspiracy, corruption and classism that have fallen out-of-sync with humanity’s need for the profound. 

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