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Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1975 • Italy, France, Spain
Starring Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Steven Berkoff
The last of three English-language films made by the great Italian chronicler of alienation Michelangelo Antonioni, THE PASSENGER stars Jack Nicholson as a frustrated war correspondent who, while on a seemingly futile assignment in Chad, trades identities with a dead arms dealer—plunging him into a dangerous new life and a relationship with an enigmatic young woman (Maria Schneider). The result is a mysterious, distinctly Antonioni-esque take on the international espionage thriller, with the director making use of mesmerizing long takes and vast, empty landscapes to create an all-pervasive sense of existential ennui.