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

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:… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1957
DVD 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.

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

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

One of many duds from Michelangelo Antonioni.

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

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

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Carlos Magalhães
An insufferably dull, outdated and pointless film that forces us to be in the company of a hateful macho man (who I couldn't feel any sympathy for) as his… More
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Stefanie C
Despairing and poetic. 'Loneliness is such a drag...'
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