The Oberwald Mystery

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An oddly misjudged attempt by the master of Italian alienation to film Jean Cocteau's melodramatic play The Eagle Has Two Heads, previously filmed by Cocteau himself (L'Aigle à Deux Têtes, 1948). Ten years after the assassination of her husband Prince Ferdinand, the lonely internal exile of the queen (Vitti) of a middle European country is broken when she gives refuge to a fugitive anarchist poet. Shot on video and transferred to film, this features muddy visuals and suffers badly from the predictable mismatch of Cocteau's flamboyant aestheticism and Antonioni's emotionally distanced formalism.

By: NF

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Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriter: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra
Cast: Monica Vitti
Franco Branciaroli
Luigi Diberti
Elisabetta Pozzi
Amad Saha Alan
Paolo Bonacelli
Silvano Tranquilli