In many ways, this film is a fail and clearly the work of a young director playing at but not quite succeeding in being deep and political. However, as an artifact of its time, it's rather alluring, and I've gotta say it has such a great look (thanks in part to Albonico's Techniscope cinematography). Morricone's score is a plus here too.The DVD includes a fun 26-min. Cavani interview worth seeking out.
Based on Sophocles' Antigone, there is clearly an aspect of governmental satire that didn't register with me. The film is a little cold. It's shaggy and meandering and it often feels like what's happening onscreen is some obscure metaphor that I am too dense to understand. But there is fun to be had; the middle third feels like a combination of Bonnie and Clyde and the chase at the beginning of A Hard Day's Night.
I had to brush up on the story of Antigone to understand what was going on. The story and visuals were weird enough to keep me interested rather than being annoyed. I know the film is supposed to be a political statement, but I find it to be more of a dystopian piece.