The Scream (1957)

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German title The Scream
Original title Il grido
Country of production Italy , USA
original language Italian
Publishing year 1957
length 116 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
script Michelangelo Antonioni
Elio Bartolini
Ennio De Concini
production Franco Cancellieri
music Giovanni Fusco
camera Gianni Di Venanzo
cut Eraldo Da Roma

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The Scream is a film by Michelangelo Antonioni from 1957. The film is reminiscent in its formal structure to the neorealist tradition, but goes with his highly stylized imagery and his existentialist dominated psychology of the characters beyond.


A small place with a factory in the Italian Po Valley . It is winter. Thick fog lies over the landscape, the houses and the people. When Irma learns of the death of her husband, who emigrated to Australia years ago, she separates from Aldo, with whom she had a relationship for seven years. She wants to start all over with another man she has recently loved. Aldo is shaken and wants to win her back. In desperation, he slaps her face several times in the street. The residents of the village watch silently.

Aldo leaves the village with their daughter Rosina. Rosina looks back sadly. They visit Elvia, Aldo's former girlfriend who still loves him. Elvia is happy about his presence, but when Irma brings a suitcase with clothes for Aldo and Rosina, she senses that Aldo only came because Irma left him. Elvia tells him to go again. The next morning he disappeared with his daughter.

Father and daughter wander aimlessly through deserted landscapes and lonely country roads. Eventually they end up with the attractive and self-confident Virginia, who runs a gas station with her old father. Rosina gets along well with the old man, an anarchist and drinker. When an affair develops between Virginia and Aldo, Rosina is disturbed.

Aldo sends his daughter home to her mother by bus. He knows that the child is suffering from the situation. He also sees no future in his relationship with Virginia and leaves her while she is waiting for him in the café.

Aldo meets Andreina, a fun-loving, pretty young prostitute who lives in a small hut by the river. She likes him, but his lack of drive is troubling her. When, hungry, she seeks a suitor to earn a few lire , Aldo follows her. But even in this situation he is unable to support her. He goes and leaves her desperate.

Aldo hitchhiked back to his hometown. He sees his daughter disappearing into Irma's new husband's house. Through the window he discovers how Irma is changing a baby. He turns away and walks away. But she has discovered him and follows him. While the whole town gathers for a demonstration against the construction of an airfield, Aldo goes to the factory where he once worked. Irma runs after him. He climbs the company's tower. Irma calls out his name, waves to her as if in a trance, then throws himself down. Her face contorted with pain, she utters a piercing scream.



“One of the great masters of Italian film, director Michelangelo Antonioni, shot this poignant psychogram of an abandoned man. In this film, which was awarded the Critique's Grand Prix at the Locarno Festival in 1957, Antonioni first found his own style. "


“With this pessimistic outsider portrait, Antonioni achieved a consistent development of his style for the first time: In the gray, desolate scenes, the inner condition of his hero is discreetly communicated; Without many words, but rich in symbolic details, the image of a borderline situation emerges, in which Antonioni's female figures in particular later find themselves. "

- International film lexicons

"Anyone who has ever seen" Der Schrei "(1957) will find the melancholy river landscape on the Po with the poor huts, Aldo the disappointed worker who walks with his daughter along a road and his jump at the end of one Have forever impressed the factory tower as something that belongs together. "


“In this pessimistic work about being an outsider, even the beautiful landscape looks completely bleak. The main character's inner despair is not reflected in the words, but above all in the images of his surroundings. "

- Frankfurter Rundschau

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  • Alfred Andersch: Das Meer , story based on "The Scream" by Michelangelo Antonioni, in the novel "Die Rote" (Diogenes 1972, new version), individually in "Gesammelte Erzählungen" (Diogenes 1999)

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