Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom/Italy/USA, 1966. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Michelangelo Antonioni, Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, English dialogue by Edward Bond, based on the short story Las Babas Del Diablo by Julio Cortazar. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma. Produced by Carlo Ponti. Music by Herbie Hancock. Production Design by Assheton Gorton. Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards. Film Editing by Frank Clarke. Podcast: My Criterions.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s first film in the English language, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who examines random photographs he has taken while walking through the park and discovers clues that point to murder. Is what he sees evidence that someone was out to kill, or are things not what they seem? Vanessa Redgrave is fantastic as the sexy model who at first appears to be nothing more than a good time but is actually involved deeper in the plot than he realizes. A brilliantly clever story that meets with Antonioni’s fantastic sense of camera work, it’s interesting that it took an Italian filmmaker to make the definitive record of swinging-sixties London.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Director (Michelangelo Antonioni); Best Original Story and Screenplay
Cannes Film Festival Award: Palme D’Or
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best English Language Foreign Film