Modernist Master: Michelangelo Antonioni

Identification of a Woman

Identificazione di una donna

Michelangelo AntonioniItaly130 minutes1982RColourItalian

Jul 14
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"Visually, this is perhaps Antonioni's most beautiful film to date" (Time Out Film Guide). Chic, oblique, and extraordinarily erotic, Antonioni's first film set in Italy since Red Desert marks a return to the preoccupations and setting of the director's great trilogy: ennui and desolation among the Italian haute bourgeoisie. Tomás Milián plays a filmmaker (Antonioni's alter ego) searching for two women, who might turn out to be one: an actress to inspire his new film, and a lover to replace the wife he has divorced. His encounters with the mysterious Mavi (Daniela Silverio), a beautiful, androgynous and bisexual aristocrat, and then with stage actress Ida (Christine Boisson), drive the director only further into artistic and emotional paralysis. With several setpieces as great as anything in Antonioni's canon — including a sequence shot in swirling sheets of fog and a long passage that exploits the beauty of the Venetian lagoons and Grand Canal — Identification of a Woman is "a brilliant, glittering piece of filmmaking ... a stunningly beautiful film" (Nick Roddick, Sight & Sound).