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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema The Passenger, 1975 - Jack Nicholson plays a reporter who uses the coincidence that he looks like an arms dealer to get away from his life's frustrations. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni   ( divider line
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2013-12-28 11:18:15 AM  
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A documentary film maker is in Africa in the 70s when he find an opportunity to get away from his life. Unable to meet with the right people to assemble a good film about the war in Chad, his wife is having an affair in London, and having to abandon his Landrover in a sand dune, he returns to his hotel to find a man with whom he'd struck up a friendship dead of a cardiac arrest.

The men had resembled one another physically. The reporter takes on the dead man's identity. In theory, he'll see if pretending the arms dealer will lead to more material for his film.  In actuality, he's bored with is own life.

However, the reporter's colleagues and wife are now looking for him. Unfortunately, pretending to be an arms dealer when you don't have any weapons to deliver is a risky business. The film's last major scene has as seven minute tracking shot that very subtly ends the film with a key action taking place off screen. (Obviously a spoiler.) 

Maria Schenider, famous Last Tango in Paris stars as an architecture student helping Nicholson in his ill-thought adventure as his old life, and his new one close in on him. The quarrelsome Steve Berkhoff also stars.

Director Michelangelo Antonioni specialized in using very long single takes in contrast with apparently disconnected events and very spare scripts about men and women who felt trapped in their lives to sew together his stories. His most famous film is Blow Up, about a photographer who, when processing a negative, realizes he may have witnessed a murder.  This film making style is not to everyone's taste as even Igmar Baergman thought Blow Up was good, but otherwise couldn't figure out why anyone would pay to see one of Antonioni's films. However, lots of people like this slow-moving film.

Link to last week's Saturday Cinema.
2013-12-28 03:04:11 PM  
"How we supposed to get de feeling of personal alienation of self from society wit dis load of Bulldog Drummond crap?  Now, when I was doing La Notte wit dat Monica Vitti gal, she didn't give me none of dis Empire Building shiat man."
2013-12-28 04:41:48 PM  
soooo its a trailer.
2013-12-28 06:19:23 PM  
You might want to have someone fix the headline.

..."that the looks like an arms dealer"...

Should be he, IMHO.
2013-12-28 07:23:20 PM  

Idiot Stick Bearer: soooo its a trailer.

The orders came down from Fark Orbital Command that full length movies not be linked to for legal reasons.
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