Il Grido (The Cry)
Il Grido (The Cry) (1957)

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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Steve Cochran gives a superb performance.

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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

One of many duds from Michelangelo Antonioni.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually brilliant drama.

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Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com

The beautifully desolate cinematography is rich in its gray color palette.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Despairing and poetic. 'Loneliness is such a drag...'
G S
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… More
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