The Passenger (1975)

The Passenger (1975)
Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring: Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider
119 minutes


This film was just re-released and shown at the Doris Duke Theater. I’m not sure why they re-released this as there didn’t seem to be any improvement in the film or sound quality. (Then again, the lack of quality could be due to the Doris Duke equipment.)

I had a hard time connecting or understanding the film. Near the ending Nicholson’s character tells an anecdotal story that seems to indicate the meaning of the film, but if that’s the case, the explanation seems a bit simplistic and commonplace. The film also doen’t do a good job of estblishing this either. Specifically, I don’t think I felt or related to the main character and his sense of weariness and desire to get away from himself–if that’s indeed what he was trying to do.

This is the second time I’ve seen the film, and I not only am I not sure of its meaning, but it was the Antonioni film that connected with me the least.

I also had a hard time buying Maria Schneider entrance into the main character’s life.

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