“The openings of Michelangelo Antonioni’s film, THE PASSENGER and Ariel Dorfman’s DEATH AND THE MAIDEN say nearly everything there is to know about this business of visual vs. verbal storytelling. The core of each is similar: *Strong, complex male and female central characters; *Violent political intrigue and defiance of authoritarian regimes; *Literate dialogue and strong Voice; *A Suspense Plot hinging on issues of elusive truth and identity; *Highly visual Point of Attack; *One’s a classic of political film. The other’s a major example of political drama.”