Keswick Film Club - The Passenger

Sunday 28th January 5:00 PM

The Passenger 

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Country: Italy
Cert: 15 Year: 1975 Length: 121 mins

Audience Reaction

Score: 54.93% Attendance: 113

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Synopsis

Since leading man Jack Nicholson acquired the rights to The Passenger in the mid-1980s, screenings of Antonioni's 1975 identity-swap oddity have become increasingly rare. Now, reissued in a new print, we have a chance to enjoy this tale of a world-weary television reporter in Africa who is profoundly depressed by his failing marriage and by a drab professional career. While researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert he meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. Noticing that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased's identity and accepts the consequences that it brings, showcasing one of Jack Nicholson's finest ever screen performances.

Critics

open_quote A classic...that really does shimmer in the mind like a remembered dream. close_quote Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


open_quote Antonioni draws on certain thriller conventions: car chases, assassinations, female romantic interest... and Tovoli's magnificent cinematography of the African desert and the arid Spanish countryside. close_quote BBCi



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