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Identification of a Woman Review


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Michelangelo Antonioni's 1982 film Identification of a Woman never saw release... and now we know why! Making its way to video after close to 20 years, Identification is a long-winded and oh-so-serious tale of a famous film director who, after being dumped by his wife, fools around with a couple of women as he tries to imagine a way to make a movie out of his sad sad life. The problem is not only that the two woman look and act so much alike there's little to differentiate them from each other, but our "hero" is also kind of a jerk with nothing new to say about female sexuality, which is purportedly what the movie is supposed to be about. Like most of Antonioni's work, Identification is very long and doesn't stray very far from the holding pattern it locks itself into, and only die-hard fans are likely to get much out of enduring its 2+ hour running time.

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Besieged Review


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Bernardo Bertolucci gives us another long-winded look into the lives of people you'll never see in real-life with Besieged, a fable about a fainting pianist (Thewlis) who falls madly in love with his exiled African housekeeper (Newton). Sure.... So, will our housekeeper abandon her jailed husband in favor of our tragic hero? Perhaps, if he can prove his devotion.

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