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Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Vanquished (I Vinti)

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Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Vanquished (I Vinti)


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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.

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The first draft of the story/film script for I Vinti by the writers of I Vinti: Michelangelo Antonioni Giorgio Bassani and Suso Cecchi d’Amico published by the film magazine «Cinema» 7/25/1954

A developed and revised final story / The original screenplay of the three episodes obtained from the «Bologna Cinemateque» A Critical Anthology of the film that includes an analysis of the film, and a collection of different critiques of the movie The original exclusive, un-cut and elongated version of the Italian Episode from the film that was presented at the «Venice Film Festival»
An interview with the producer, Turi Vasile / An interview with one of the protagonist, Franco Interlenghi
An exclusive rare short film by Michelangelo Antonioni entitled, Tentato suicidio. 22 minutes, an 8 page booklet.

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