Michelangelo AntonioniItaly / USA116 minutes1957B&WItalian
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"Il Grido attains the perfection of a masterpiece ... one of the most significant films of recent years" (Pierre Leprohon). One of Antonioni's most haunting and beautiful films, Il Grido stars Hollywood import Steve Cochran as a worker in a sugar refinery, who plans to marry his mistress of many years (Alida Valli, searing) until he learns that she loves someone else. Taking their little girl in tow, the disconsolate man wanders the fog-enshrouded Po Valley, encountering other lost souls on his aimless journey, including a seamstress (Betsy Blair, heartbreaking) who was once his girlfriend and the widow who runs a gas station where he resides for a while. "When I saw Il Grido after some time, I was stunned to find myself faced with such nakedness, with such great solitude. It was like what happens on some mornings when we look in the mirror and are startled by the reflection of our own face" (Michelangelo Antonioni).