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141 Ratings

The Vanquished

I vinti

Italy, France, 1953


Michelangelo Antonioni’s daring second feature, originally released in England as Youth and Perversion, consists of three separate sketches chronicling senseless murders committed by young people in France, Italy and England.

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The Vanquished Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Most critics consider the British story to be the strongest. Certainly, it is the most coherent. Still, the Italian sequence is recognizably Antonioniesque, particularly in the Venice cut Raro includes as an extra. The protagonist’s mental state in the aftermath of his crime (planting a bomb in a factory) is made manifest in his aimless trek through Rome. The sequence demonstrates Antonioni’s sensitivity to landscape and skillful use of the objective correlative.
July 09, 2014
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The finished product, compromised upon release by conservative producers and distributors who would force the director to re-edit a significant portion of the film, isn’t in any form one of Antonioni’s benchmark accomplishments. What it is, however, is a fascinating snapshot of a young filmmaker figuring out his political and aesthetic ideologies on screen, and an early example of contemporary omnibus storytelling which has since proven both profitable and popular.
July 09, 2014
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For the Italian episode, about a teen-age cigarette smuggler, he composed audaciously sculptural images of new modern architecture to infuse the world of technological rationalism with an amoral chill. The insolent wit of the French episode—based on a notorious true story—reflects Antonioni’s collaboration with the flamboyant young right-wing novelist Roger Nimier.
October 14, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Vanquished

    The self-proclaimed moralistic intent of this film, to expose the callous violence of youth for thrill or fame, seems disingenuous to me, and the stories ultimately have the same flavor of the tabloids presented in the opening sequence: sensationalist and exploitative, and typical of many teen exploitation films of the 1950's, only with a European flair. Entertaining, but not worth a second viewing.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Vanquished

    The teenagers are represented by two separate yet equally vicious groups: the killers, who are amoral; and the petty criminals, who steal things. These are their stories. Bonk Bonk! Young and Perverted! Two things that go together like Bert and Ernie. What drives these kids? Is it the illicit sex? Tantalizing mounds of cash? Tune in, if you dare!

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Vanquished

    This early film from Antonioni shows glimpses of the greatness that was to come, namely in his overall outlook on politics and the nature of humanity.

  • Tisa's rating of the film The Vanquished

    Antonioni anticipates films the world we live in, films like The River's Edge, reality television, and the lurid celebrity-making machine of crime and media circus, by fifty years. Still, though I was surprised at his approach to story, the hallmarks of his filmmaking— the ecosystem of the social, the built environment, of labor and economy, ruins, devastated nature, struggling gestures of love— are evident, complex.

  • Den-Leroy Kangalee's rating of the film The Vanquished

    Interesting only so far as the theme and Antonioni's apparent interest in the emerging sociopathy of the Post WWII generation, etc. and I love how he passionately critiques society (and Capitalism).The film falters, but what it lacks in technique it retains in spirit. I always learn and think from Antonioni...his experiments are certainly more probing and authentic than Lars von Trier's. (If that means anything)

  • Victoria L.'s rating of the film The Vanquished

    Τhe idea of introducing the same kind of behavior in different circumstances, languages and settings works pretty well. As does the apathy of the latest one compared to the non-exaggerated intensity of the former two.

  • Korial's rating of the film The Vanquished

    It never recovers from the depths of the propagandistic and moralistic tone of the prologue. A blatant effort at depicting youth in a bad way (e.g. teenagers' dialogues are written with no knowledge of their common language) that seen today looks not credible and hilariously wrong. Just an important historical document to understand the perception of social change at that time, but nothing more.

  • Dodd Alley's rating of the film The Vanquished

    "The Vanquished" could go the route of "Reefer Madness", and it does have its fair share of sensationalism. However, this film does have a rather straight face in its storytelling, and the direction from Antonioni is fantastic. The third story in particular struck me as being ahead of its time with its commentary on the media. One could call it a precursor to "Nightcrawler".

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