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The Appointment (1969)

In Rome…?

In Rome…nothing. For me Rome has been a city without love.

A man becomes obsessed with finding out the ‘truth’ about his beautiful but mysterious wife.

The Appointment is a 1969 movie directed by Sidney Lumet. The movie is based on a story written by Antonio Leonviola.

This is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. I felt suffocated by Carla’s (Anouk Aimée) descent into misery.

The movie progressively grows more distressing as little seeds of suspicion and jealousy grow and firmly take root in Federico’s mind. I find two of the scenes particularly unsettling; the first one is when Carla is made to parade herself and the second is when Federico tries to find out if she really went to the dentist’s.

I love John Barry’s background score! Even though the same tune plays over and again, I love the tune.

The transformation of Omar Sharif’s character Federico from a nice but dull man to a monster is disquieting to watch.

Anouk Aimée looks radiant as Carla. Among the supporting cast of Didi Perego as Carla’s friend Nanny and Fausto Tozzi as Renzo really stand out.

I felt rather perplexed by it all. Federico knew about Renzo’s suspicions about Carla. He continues to investigate her as he dates and eventually marries her. Why did he marry her if he distrusted her? Carla herself asks him this question at one point. Federico’s obsession with finding the truth only leads to pushing both him and Carla over the deep end.

The Appointment is a good movie but I doubt if I ever want to watch it again. Watching Federico’s self-destructive journey once is enough for me.

(This review is offered as a part of  Tuesday’s Overlooked Film and/or Other A/V hosted by Todd Mason at his blog Sweet Freedom)

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