THE VANQUISHED (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1953)

Accompanied by the front pages of newspapers, voiceover sets the theme of Michelangelo Antonioni’s uneven I vinti: a lost generation that grew up during the war, for whom “the one law is lawlessness.” The film, then, is about postwar collateral damage.      These aren’t Buñuel’s “forgotten ones”; they are working-class or bourgeois, not direly impoverished, but […]