Identification of a Woman (1982) | Michelangelo Antonioni’s final film gets a 40th-anniversary restoration release

Michelangelo Antonioni’s rarely seen final masterwork, 1982’s Identification of a Woman (AKA dentificazione di una donna), is the director’s own bookend to his lifelong exploration of the imprecise nature of human relationships, incommunicability and alienation. Now it’s getting a 2K restoration release from CultFilms on Blu-ray and digital on-demand (from 12 September 2022).

After his wife leaves him, a film director (Tomas Milian) is searching for a muse while preparing his new film. He enters into a passionate affair with a striking young aristocratic woman (Daniela Silverio). But after a stranger orders him to stop seeing her, she vanishes shortly after… While searching for her, he encounters a young actress (Christine Boisson), who joins him on the hunt for his missing muse.

Tellingly prescient, Identification of a Woman is a spellbinding anti-romance depicting a modernising world beset by fear and was awarded the Anniversary Prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Each frame, beautifully conceived by Antonioni and cinematographer Carlo Di Palma, is an essential part of the storytelling. Having undergone a new 2K restoration, this Blu-ray release finally does justice to the original vision of Antonioni’s painterly yet unsettling masterpiece.

• Full HD 1080p from 2K restoration
• Original Italian audio
• New, improved English subtitles + closed caption subtitles for HOH
• New video essay by scholar Pasquale Iannone
Identification of a Director: a candid, in-depth interview with Antonioni’s wife Enrica Fico-Antonioni
With Michelangelo: an intimate hour-long video diary of Antonioni filmed by Enrica

About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on September 12, 2022, in Arthouse, Italian cinema and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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