Professione: reporter (1975) - part1 - Michelangelo Antonioni
"Another movie, another planet".
This week let's take a close up onto the rarest movie by one of the few remaining Master of the Cinematograph : Michelangelo Antonioni.
Professione: reporter aka The Passenger has achieved a cult status among most of the people who had the chance to see it since 1975. For many years, Jack Nicholson, the leading act, owned the rights of the movie & for reasons i don't know blocked any viewing and video releases. However in 2001, It's true that Japan Company Imagica released a region 0 DVD but as it's really nearly impossible to get, i thought that Professione: reporter deserves to be honoured on this blog.
But before going any further, i'm glad to announce that Sonyclassics will re-releases it in October 2005 in the US theaters. So maybe we can expect a true DVD release in 2006.
Luciano Tovoli is the cinematographer.
2 years after he'll do Suspiria by Dario Argento.
Once again Maria Schneider is gorgeous in what is may be her best movie.
Unfortunately she's well know for her part in Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris but i think this movie is a bit dated nowadays.
I love this sequence filmed in Barcelona at the famous La Pedrera built by Antonio Gaudi. Antonioni also shots at Palau Güell where Jack Nicholson & Maria Schneider met.
You should read this essay about Antonioni
on the great Senses Of Cinema website.
This was the first 12 frames i'll post of this movie.
Next monday you'll see the last 12.
In the meantime, any comments will be appreciated.