Michelangelo Antonioni’s rarely seen and underrated masterwork – perhaps due to its renowned explicitness. IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN is the maverick director’s own bookend to his lifelong exploration of the imprecise nature of human relationships, incommunicability and alienation.
After his wife leaves him, a film director (ostensibly Antonioni’s alter-ego, played by Tomas Milian) enters into a passionate affair with a striking young aristocratic woman (Daniela Silverio). Soon a stranger warns him, with threats, to stop seeing her and some weeks later, after a lover’s row, she vanishes… While searching for her, he encounters a beautiful young actress (Christine Boisson), who joins him on the hunt for the missing woman.
Each frame, rigorously conceived by Antonioni and painted by Carlo Di Palma’s rich, beautifully modulated cinematography, is an essential – at times subliminal – part of the storytelling itself; culminating in the legendary filmic tour-de-force that is the fogbound highway scene. This release benefits from the most recent 2K restoration finally doing justice to the original vision of the artist’s painterly yet unsettling masterpiece.
Tellingly prescient, it also depicts a modernising world beset by fear: with gun-toting neighbour, alarmed-home, speeding blindly in fog, threats and disappearance… This spellbinding anti-romance is a quiet yet resounding masterpiece which became Antonioni’s last full film, cementing his legacy – as hailed by Martin Scorsese – as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
New candid, in-depth interview with Antonioni’s wife Enrica Fico-Antonioni: “Identification of a Director”
An intimate hour-long video-diary of Antonioni filmed by his wife, Enrica. “With Michelangelo”
New video essay on Antonioni by Scholar Pasquale Iannone
Newest & unique to this edition: latest restoration from 2K source
New improved subtitles and Hard Of hearing Closed Captions
The film IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN aka IDENTIFICAZIONE DI UNA DONNA:
Last full feature film by Michelangelo Antonioni, the rarely seen final masterpiece.
40th anniversary of the film
Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or 1982 nominated and Winner ‘35th Anniversary’ Prize
New & unique to this Edition:
Latest, new mastering from 2K-restored source
New & unique extras