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Professione Reporter (1975)

I used to be somebody else...but I traded myself in.

Original Title : Professione: reporter
Director : Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer : Michelangelo Antonioni
Mark Peploe
Mark Peploe
Peter Wollen
Genre : Drama
Country : Italy
Language : English
Producer : Carlo Ponti , Alessandro von Norman
Music : Ivan Vandor
Photography : Luciano Tovoli
Distributor : Alpha Filmes Ltda.
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for some violence, nudity and language. (edited version)
IMDB ID : 0073580
Official site : http://www.sonyclassics.com/thepassenger/
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Professione Reporter (1975) - Michelangelo Antonioni
 

Starring

Jack Nicholson David Locke
Maria Schneider Girl
Jenny Runacre Rachel Locke
Ian Hendry Martin Knight
Steven Berkoff Stephen
Ambroise Bia Achebe
José María Caffarel Hotel Keeper
James Campbell Witch Doctor
Manfred Spies German Stranger
Jean-Baptiste Tiemele Murderer
Ángel del Pozo Police inspector
Charles Mulvehill Robertson, the Dead Man (as Chuck Mulvehill
Narciso Pula Murderer's accomplice
Jaime Doria (uncredited
Joan Gaspart (uncredited
Gustavo Re (uncredited
 

Plot

David Locke is a television reporter on location in Africa's Sahara Desert. It's hot, humid, and everything seems to be dirty. Returning to his hotel after getting lost and bogged in the desert, he discovers that the man in the room next to his has died. After deciding that his own life wasn't worth living anymore, he switches identities with the dead man, taking the man's passport (with his own photo swapped in), his luggage, and his appointment schedule. Leaving Africa, he heads off to keep the dead man's appointments, hoping that his new life will be more interesting than his old one was.
 

Comments

Famous concluding shot worth the wait., 7 August 2003 Author: mercuryadonis from Toronto Slow but well worth the time it takes to arrive at the shattering conclusion. Watch it more than once as there are many small visual cues and tips that add both to the plot and theme. Jack Nicholson is superb - and surprisingly low-key - as the jaded and detached reporter who switches identity with a dead man out of boredom more than anything else. Maria Schneider is fine in a somewhat underwritten role. The real stars however are Antonioni's restlessly roving camera and the sublime locations which include the Sahara desert, a cable-car, and that bewitching Gaudi rooftop in Barcelona.
 
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