A friend of mine popped this movie in one night. I wasn't quite prepared, as this was my first Antonioni experience and I knew nothing of the man. As with my first Bergman viewing, I had nothing to compare it to. I had to chew on it for a few days, and, of course, it nagged at me growing into an inexplicable affection. L'Avventura and Red Desert followed, sealing Antonioni as one of my favorites.