I vinti (English: The Vanquished) is a 1953 drama film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Franco Interlenghi, Anna Maria Ferrero, and Eduardo Ciannelli. The film is composed of three stories about youths who commit murders. In the French story set in Paris, a group of high school students kill one of their colleagues for his money. In the Italian story set in Rome, a university student is involved in smuggling cigarettes. In the English story set in London, a lazy poet finds the body of a woman and tries to sell his story to the press. The film was a project of Film Costellation to Suso Cecchi d'Amico, who proposed Antonioni as director. This film was screened out of competition at 1953 Venice Film Festival.
- French story
- Jean-Pierre Mocky
- Etchika Choureau as Simone
- Henri Poirier
- Albert Michel as Le pÃ¨re de Georges
- Italian story
- Franco Interlenghi as Claudio
- Anna-Maria Ferrero as Marina
- Eduardo Ciannelli as Claudio's father
- Evi Maltagliati as Claudio's mother
- English story
- Patrick Barr as Ken Wharton
- Fay Compton as Mrs Pinkerton
- Peter Reynolds as Aubrey
- David Farrar
Production and release
The theatrical film was dubbed into Irecyclestalian for all three episodes, although the Paris episode is spoken in French, and the London episode in English. The Italian DVD by Medusa Film offers the restored uncut trilingual version.
The Italian episode was modified for censorship reasons, but it was later included in the 1962 anthology film Il fiore e la violenza. The entire film was refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Censors in 1954, and has never been released in the UK. The French episode had trouble with French censorship, and was not released until 1963.
I vinti, while seldom ranked with Antonioni's best efforts, is met with positive reception. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 100% approval among five critics.
- I vinti at the Internet Movie Database