Il Grido (The Cry)

1957

Il Grido (The Cry) (1957)

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Michelangelo Antonioni's grim tale of a man (Steve Cochran) who becomes a wanderer when he loses the woman he loves. Virginia: Dorian Gray. Irma: Alida Valli. Andreina: Lyn Shaw. Elvia: Betsy Blair. Rosina: Mirna Girardi. Edera: Gabriella Palotta. Michelangelo Antonioni directed.

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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.

Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…

The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie.

Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…

A fairly lucid story that puts no undue strain on a viewer's imagination or intellect.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 30, 2001
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A view of the world seen through the eyes of a man in despair, in which the time is always winter, the weather perma- nently foggy and even moments of beauty or gaiety make their ironic comment on the rest of life's sadness.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Grido (The Cry)

An insufferably dull, outdated and pointless film that forces us to be in the company of a hateful macho (who we couldn't feel any sympathy for) as his life is surrounded by several weak women who have no personality. Besides, the ending is simply ridiculous.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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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G S

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

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