Il Grido (The Cry) (1957)


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This psychological drama chronicles the gradual mental breakdown of an isolated man increasingly unable to communicate with his loved ones.

Rating: Unrated (not rated)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Ennio De Concini
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On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
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as Laura's Father

as Donna Matilda

as Cesare's Brother

as Major Heinlich
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Critic Reviews for Il Grido (The Cry)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

A bleak and desolate film, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni with an eye to the emotive powers of the barren landscape.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
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The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Village Voice
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A fairly lucid story that puts no undue strain on a viewer's imagination or intellect.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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If Antonioni's assuredness isn't yet in place, Il Grido remains a key transitional work, with remarkable photography, fluid camerawork, and a typically unforgettable finale ranking among its most notable virtues.

Full Review… | May 30, 2001
AV Club
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The two American actors, Cochran and Blair, seem to lack any understanding of the director's methods and deliver the least satisfying performances to be found in any Antonioni film.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually brilliant drama.

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Il Grido (The Cry)

Despairing and poetic. 'Loneliness is such a drag...'

Stefanie C

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Very gray and desolate. What I liked about this film was the strange glimmer of hope present throughout Aldo's journey despite such despair. The use of music throughout is pretty cool too. Strange, absurd, and depressing film.


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