Director(s): Michelangelo Antonioni Released: 1975, 2015
Length: 125 min Cast: Jack Nicholson; Maria Schneider
A special screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger at the Curzon Renoir provides a rare opportunity to see the film in the linked setting of the The Brunswick Centre.
The Passenger tells the story of an Anglo-American journalist, David Locke (Jack Nicholson) who assumes the identity of a dead businessman while working on a documentary in Chad, unaware that he is impersonating an arms dealer with connections to the rebels in the current civil war.
Using the dead man’s diary as his guide, he embarks on a dangerous adventure, moving around Europe in a rented convertible with a girl he meets by chance (Maria Schneider). Antonioni’s mise-en-scène highlights the psychological dimension of both urban and natural landscapes – including a scene shot at The Brunswick that marks the arrival of the main protagonist (Jack Nicholson) in London from the desert and his first encounter with a mysterious woman (Maria Schneider).
Q&A screening: A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring David Levitt of Levitt Bernstein architects who worked closely on The Brunswick Centre with the late Patrick Hodgkinson and Anthropologist and Broadcaster Farrah Jarral who recently wrote and presented the 10 part series BBC Radio 4 series From Savage to Self. Further guests to be announced – please check the website for future announcements.
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This screening is held to coincide with Passengers, a site-specific exhibition series based at the Brunswick Centre that brings together artists that have an interest in the real and imaginative environments we construct and inhabit. A tour of their current exhibition Deserts on the moons of other planets by Julie Hill is offered to interested guests after the screening and discussion.