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Beyond the Clouds 1995 123movies

Beyond the Clouds 1995 123movies

Jun. 06, 1995112 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Four short tales are linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence, and Paris, each story, always with a woman as its crux, invites the viewer to an inner travel, as Antonioni says “towards the true image of that absolute and mysterious reality that nobody will ever see”.
Plot: Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says “towards the true image of that absolute and mysterious reality that nobody will ever see”.
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A moderate failure; still worth seeing
Michelangelo Antonioni is one of the major figures of cinema history, even if most people haven’t heard of him. He was nowhere near as prolific as filmmakers such as Fellini, Godard, Bergman, Kurosawa, or Truffaut. And his films now are difficult to procure. There are only a few readily available, and I have seen all of those but one (Il Grido, which has recently been released on DVD by Kino). Four of the five Antonioni films that I’ve seen, L’Avventura, Red Desert, Blowup, and The Passenger are among the best films ever made. One other that I’ve seen, L’Eclisse, I think probably is also to be included among them; if only the video that I saw would not have been so horribly defiled! Now I have seen Beyond the Clouds.

I had always heard that it was a great failure, but it was difficult to lower my expectations of Antonioni. Wim Wenders’ presence did not help, either. Throughout the film, there were many things that annoyed me, and also many things that I loved. I think a pros/cons list will help here.


1. The writing seems weak. All the stories told have little depth, it seems, and we find out almost nothing about anybody we meet in the picture. Usually, Antonioni’s writing can be used to show just how well a film can be written, and his characters are the definition of “complex.” But in another way I can also see the style of writing presented here in a more positive light, which I’ll comment on later.

2. The acting is really weak. I cannot in any way defend it. There is not one performer who isn’t subpar here, and most of the actors are second-rate actors in the first place (Irene Jacob excepted). John Malkovich is one of the hammiest actors who’s ever lived. The only thing I ever liked him in was Being John Malkovich, because that film delightfully (and, apparently, unnoticeably, at any rate by Malkovich himself) mocked his very pretensions, which are in full force in this film.

3. Casual nudity – okay, no one on Earth wants to see John Malkovich buck naked. Fortunately, if you are a fan of female nudity, nearly every woman in the film, including Bond girl Sophie Marceau, appears naked from head to foot with everything in between (sorry, Irene Jacob fans, no nudity from her!). I myself don’t mind nudity when it is called for, like in Last Tango in Paris, but the rampant nudity in this film makes it seem like European softcore along the lines of Emmanuel. Actually, the softcore it really reminded me of was Red Shoe Diaries. The light jazz by Van Morrison just adds to this effect. Antonioni was once a proto-feminist. Many of his most famous films were from a distinctly female point of view. And when men did take over in his films, they were very unlikable. Here, the women are often exploited.


1. Cinematography – okay, we have two of the best visual directors of all time working on this film, the cinematography ought to be outstanding. It is, generally. There are a couple of visual moments that are absolutely spectacular, some of the best I’ve ever seen. This includes an ethereal scene where Malkovich explores a deserted playground on a beach. He sits on a swing, spins around in it with a shot that involves a beautifully moving camera, and then we watch a strong wind blow sand around on the beach (Antonioni loves showing the wind in his films). Another great visual scene involves a camera gliding about a spiral staircase near the end of the film.

2. Mood – The nonchalant flow of the narrative actually adds a lot of mood. The title of the film is entirely appropriate. You do feel as if you’re witnessing something beyond the clouds. Certain stories are left in suspension, never to be resolved, and it feels right. By the final scene, Beyond the Clouds had nearly won me over. Still, there were too many things wrong with it to suggest it to non-Antonioni fans, but Antonioni fans owe it to themselves to see it once. 6/10

Review By: zetes Rating: 6 Date: 2001-04-03
A Nutshell Review: Beyond The Clouds
SPOILER: This the the final feature film that Michelangelo Antonioni directed, with the help of Wim Wenders, and adapts from his short story collection “That Bowling Alley on the Tiber”. Beyond the Clouds contain 4 short stories with familiar themes that we’ve come to be accustomed to from his earlier works, and sums up those themes in vignettes which are weaved together via Wenders’ directed scenes involving John Malkovich’s The Director character. However, most of the stories seemed to offer little or no depth that we’re used to from an Antonioni movie, while Malkovich’s narration of supposed depth rattled on with unclear diction that sounded a tad pretentious and out of place.

Nonetheless, all four stories seem to touch on chance encounters, and extremely quick romances that played out more like lust at first sight, perhaps due to the lack of time (since they’re short stories anyway) to allow for a more layered approach to carefully define and craft the characters as we know from a typical Antonioni movie. And the obsessive approach here is for the characters to disrobe to showcase a lack of deeper connection sacrificed for the immediate satisfaction of the flesh. Maybe this is the point to want to bring across with an observation of the more modern relationship?

The first story, Story of a Love Affair That Never Existed, tells the romance between Silvano (Kim Rossi Stuart) and Carmen (Ines Sastre), who meet when one asks the other for directions to a hotel, and later meet at a cafe. It’s as if Fate is playing games on them when they meet, but part and meet again much later, but like the games people play, it’s almost like a L’Avventura or a La Notte with the lack of communication, and of the expectations from the man.

John Malkovich’s director character takes central role in the next short, who exhibited some really lecherous looks toward a girl working at a shop, played by Sophie Marceau. She is deeply disturbed and made to feel uncomfortable, but somehow plucked up the courage to approach him, and in what I thought was to scare him off, tells him her background that she murdered her father by stabbing him 12 times. But in a flash these two are off toward bedroom gymnastics.

The next short, Don’t Look for Me, is the longest of the lot, with Peter Weller playing a cheating husband who has to choose between his mistress (Chiara Caselli) or his wife, played by Fanny Ardant. Perhaps the more star studded of the lot, with Jean Reno also stepping in for a coda at the end of it, which sort of expands the little universe in which this short exists. But unfortunately Reno’s involvement also got relegated to some stifle of laughter as it goes into the implausible domain with laser quick romantic tanglements. There was a key element adapted from L’Eclisse with a kiss between a couple through a glass panel too, while the introductory tale about the story of souls was quite interesting. If there’s a negative theme here this short wants to play upon, it’ll be the duplicity of man.

In between this short and the next was a small scene which reunited our couple from La Notte, Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau, where the former was painting a landscape which was reminiscent of that in Red Desert. Finally, we have the final shot This Body of Dirt, with Vincent Perez as a young man going after a girl (Irene Jacob) whom he just met, and falling in love with her, only to realize that it is a love that is too late. It’s a relatively talkie piece, just like the first story, with the characters engaging in conversation while walking the streets of the city they’re in, which sort of brings to mind Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise.

While on the whole the movie may have succeeded as individual pieces, they never quite measure up as a combined effort given the “excuse” to link them up was a film director’s exploration of possible stories and a look for inspiration for his next film.

Review By: DICK STEEL Rating: 7 Date: 2008-07-05

Other Information:

Original Title Al di là delle nuvole
Release Date 1995-06-06
Release Year 1995

Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders
Writer Tonino Guerra, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders
Actors Fanny Ardant, Chiara Caselli, Irène Jacob
Country France, Germany, Italy
Awards 3 wins & 6 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 3,095 m, 3,102 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Beyond the Clouds 1995 123movies
Beyond the Clouds 1995 123movies
Original title Al di là delle nuvole
TMDb Rating 6.5 81 votes

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