Italy, Spain, France | 1975 | 119 mins |
A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he’s been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre
THE RETURN OF HEATWAVE!
Heat Wave at the Revue Cinema, a lineup of the greatest summer movies ever made, continues on July 21st with THE PASSENGER with an introduction by Alicia Fletcher!
A sunbaked North Africa and Spain serve as just some of the settings for Michelangelo Antonioni’s sharpshooting, globetrotting tale of stolen identity and sexual intrigue. Closing out a trilogy that began with BLOW-OUT and ZABRISKE POINT, for THE PASSENGER the director teamed up with Jack Nicholson to produce one a ‘70s counterculture masterpiece.
Nicholson plays David Locke, a burned-out journalist fighting sunstroke while on assignment in Chad. After discovering the body of a stranger in his hotel’s adjoining room, he assumes the dead man’s identity, only to find out his new persona is that of an arms dealer. Danger across Europe ensues while “Locke” is aided by a stunning paramour portrayed by the incomparable Maria Schneider.
As mesmerizing as it is alienating (an Antonioni staple), THE PASSENGER sizzles in its depiction of heated situations—both in terms of the Andalusian and Catalonia climates, and geo-politically. Its notorious concluding sequence needs to be seen to be believed (and relished on the big screen). (ALICIA FLETCHER)
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