The Vanquished

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Release Year: 1953
Running Time: 114
Color Type: B&W
Country: Italy
Language: French, Italian, English w/subtitles English [audio]
Genres: Drama
     

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Cast
Franco Interlenghi
Patrick Barr
Anna-Maria Ferrero

Crew
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Challenging the linear narrative by weaving multiple story lines and exploring a directorial style way ahead of his time, Director Michelangelo Antonioni's unique triptych film, features three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for dubious motives. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don't need it; in the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman's body and tries to profit from the discovery; and in the Italian segment, a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results.

With elements that serve as a precursor to Blowup, Antonioni explores how modern society can produce nihilistic tendencies in the least likely characters.

Critical Acclaim

"With the opening monologue of his second feature, the three-part film "I Vinti" ("The Vanquished"), Michelangelo Antonioni polemically affirms the theme that would dominate his entire career: the erosion of reason and morality throughout society, due to the onslaught of mass media and the dominion of the bourgeoisie who both produce it and fall under its sway." - The New Yorker