It’s been called alienating, but I’m not sure I agree. Alienation is certainly one of its themes, but as a movie — especially seen on a big screen — it’s hypnotic. Antonioni was searching for a new way into the world of the film — one focused on landscape, architecture, gestures and movements. So he pulls you in with those striking compositions, his graceful camera movements, and his attention to sound. And, of course, with his attention to the human face, particularly Vitti’s.
August 15, 2017