Cinema: A Secondhand Life

THE PASSENGER

Directed by MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Screenplay by MARK PEPLOE, PETER WOLLEN and MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Like much of Antonioni's work, The Passenger uses eerie and voluptuous imagery to define a condition of spiritual paralysis. His is a chill world, ordered and mysterious, where hope hardly abides.

Here, as in L'Avventura and La Notte, Antonioni's unsettled protagonist becomes increasingly the victim of a malaise that has no clear source. A television journalist named Locke (Jack Nicholson) is on assignment in a remote corner of the North African desert, trying to run to ground a story on some guerrilla fighters. The barren, blasted landscapes, the unknown...

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