40 Years On, ‘The Passenger' Offers Lessons In Distance

In a conversation with Renee Epstein in 1975, Michelangelo Antonioni, the Italian virtuoso and director of The Passenger brings up dramatist Luigi Pirandello. The playwright was once asked, "Why does that character behave like that?" To which, Pirandello had replied, "I don't know why, I'm only the author." This brand of detachment -- a kind of curious standoffishness from his subject, is often exercised by Antonioni himself.