New Release: I Vinti DVD

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Passion and murder collide in Michelangelo Antonioni's I Vinti.

Raro Video U.S. released a restored version of Michelangelo Antonioni’s (Blow-up) 1953 I Vinti, one of the Italian master’s first feature films, on DVD on March 29, 2011.

I Vinti is a unique triptych thriller film revolving around three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for dubious motives. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don’t need it; in the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman’s body and tries to profit from the discovery; and in the Italian segment, a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results.

The film is told with Antonioni’s trademark splintered chronology, which weaves multiple story lines, in this case. The director remains one of the most challenging but rewarding of filmmakers.

Raro did a really nice job with last month’s release of Fellini’s The Clowns and the The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection box set, and we’re really looking forward to this Antonioni DVD, which carries a list price of $24.95.

Here’s a list of the DVD’s features:

  • first draft of the story/film script for I Vinti by the writers of I Vinti: Michelangelo Antonioni, Giorgio Bassani and Suso Cecchi d’Amico published by the film magazine Cinema July 25, 1954
  • developed and revised final story – the original screenplay of the three episodes obtained from the Bologna Cinemateque
  • critical anthology of the film that includes an analysis and a collection of different critiques of the movie
  • original exclusive, uncut and elongated version of the film’s Italian episode, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival
  • interview with the producer, Turi Vasile, an interview with one of the protagonists, Franco Interlenghi
  • exclusive rare short film by Michelangelo entitled Tentato suicidio, 22 minutes, 1953
  • eight-page booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.