LSC Event Descriptions

April 13 & 15, 2007

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Rated PG-13
126 minutes

Professione: Reporter (The Passenger) (1975)
April 13, 2007 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
April 15, 2007 at 7:00 pm in 26-100

Originally released in 1975, The Passenger is, on the simplest level, a suspense story about a man trying to escape his own life. This haunting film is a portrait of a drained journalist, played by Jack Nicholson, whose deliverance is an identity exchange with a dead man. The film was shot on location and takes Nicholson on an incredible journey through Africa, Spain, Germany and England.

As with all of Antonioni's work, however, there is another dimension. From beginning to end we are witnessing a probing study of the human condition. The protagonist's fate reflects each individual's own private thoughts about real and/or imagined destiny. The climax of the film, alone a final sequence lasting seven minutes and taking eleven days to shoot is truly a synthesis of the movie and a tribute to the director's art. []

Sponsored by MISTI (MIT Italy).

A fatalistic tale of identity, destiny, coincidence, existential malaise, and the boundaries between the real and the imagined.
      -- Nick Schager, Slant Magazine. Read this review.

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