The Vanquished 1953
Michelangelo Antonioni's daring second feature, originally released in England as Youth and Perversion, was made as a commentary on the postwar generation. There was, and still is, the idea that children growing up in Europe during the WW2 had known nothing but violence throughout their lives, and thus became desensitized. The film began as a project designed to highlight the problem of juvenile delinquency in Europe.
I Vinti unfolds in three episodes, set in three different countries. In the first episode, set in France, a group of young people plans an outing in the country, where some of them plan to murder a rich friend and steal his money. The second episode takes place in Italy, where a young man smuggles cigarettes for a living and becomes involved in a murder. And in the third, set in London, a cynical, snooty young poet reports a dead body to the police, hoping to profit from it.
The finished product, compromised upon release by conservative producers and distributors who would force the director to re-edit a significant portion of the film, isn’t in any form one of Antonioni’s benchmark accomplishments. What it is, however, is a fascinating snapshot of a young filmmaker figuring out his political and aesthetic ideologies on screen, and an early example of contemporary omnibus storytelling which has since proven both profitable and popular.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Etchika Choureau, Jacques Sempey, Henri Poirier, Anna Maria Ferrero, Eduardo Ciannelli
Country: Italy, France
Genre: Drama

BD25 | 1080p VC-1 | 01:53:28 | 23 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italian, Original (French/Italian/English)
Subtitles: English


Interview with actor Franco Interlenghi (star of "Italy") discusses his brief time working with Antonioni, sharing how the director controlled the set and insisted on repetition to achieve perfection. A charming man, Interlenghi is filled with anecdotes about filming and his career, also providing some insight about the changes make to "The Vanquished." (10:23, SD)

Interview with writer/producer Turi Vasile provides a brief history of post-war Italian cinema and his assertion that "The Vanquished" was a turning point for the industry. Exploring themes and alterations to the movie, Vasile is extremely rehearsed and ready to praise the effort to the hilt. (12:53, SD)

Attempted Suicide (Tentato Suicidio) is a segment from "Love in the City," directed by Antonioni. (22:47, HD)

Uncut version of the 'Italian' episode is the original, uncut version of the controversial middle segment, originally exhibited in 1953. (30:07, HD)

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:53:21 | 7.42 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italian, Original (French/Italian/English)
Subtitles: English

• Interview with actor Franco Interlenghi (10:50)
• Interview with producer Turi Vasile (13:23)
• "Tentato Suicido" episode from L'amore In Citta (22:51)
• Uncut version of the Italian episode presented at the 1953 Venice Film Festival (30:03)
• Director Filmography and Biography

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