MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ARCHIVE
FILMOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILMS
CREDITS
Italy/France/Spain 1975 Color 35mm 124minutes
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen
Photography
Luciano Tovoli
Music
Ian Vandor
Cast
Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Handry

IMAGES

Professione: Reporter

Professione: Reporter

ABOUT THE FILM
Professione: Reporter
(The Passenger)


Locke is a television reporter who finds his work interviewing platitudinous black African leaders increasingly meaningless. Taking advantage of an accident, he adopts the identity of an arms trader and tries to find a new freedom. But in the end the attempt fails and he passively accepts his own murder. The austere style offers repeated opportunities to reflect upon Locke's circumstances and his state of mind is constantly mirrored in the film's settings. The opening shot of the burnt-out journalist's progress through an endless desert and the final 20 minutes are stunning.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre

RESOURCES
VHS: Amazon.com
Sony Classics 2005 US Re-release

Re-release reviews: SlantMagazine.com
Patrick Goldstein (LA Times, 10/25/2005)
Manohla Dargis (New York Times, 10/28/2005)
Rex Reed (New York Observer, 10/27/2005)
Carina Chocano (LA Times, 11/4/2005)

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"This is a film about someone who is following his destiny, a man watching reality as reported, the same way that I was watching him, in the same way that you are pursuing me..."
—Responding to a journalist about the Passenger (Film Comment, July-August, 1975)



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