Il Grido (The Cry)
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The grim, drab life of a man who labors in a Po Valley sugar refinery in northern Italy provides the center of this black-and-white drama from Michelangelo Antonioni. The worker lives with a married woman and their young daughter. One day, the woman learns that her legal spouse died. The refinery worker immediately proposes, but she spurns him in favor of another. Deeply depressed, the laborer begins to drift aimlessly across the northern wasteland with his daughter in tow. Along the way, he meets many people, including a woman from his past. Despite his many low-key adventures, he is unable… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bleak and desolate film, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni with an eye to the emotive powers of the barren landscape."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Steve Cochran gives a superb performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of many duds from Michelangelo Antonioni."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A fairly lucid story that puts no undue strain on a viewer's imagination or intellect."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Visually brilliant drama."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The beautifully desolate cinematography is rich in its gray color palette."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
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