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Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced in 1962
Main Language - ITALIAN with English subtitles
Antonioni's first international hit was L' Avventura, which began his collaboration with his favourite actress, Monica Vitti. Continued by La Notte and completed by L'Eclisse, the trilogy traced Antonioni's favourite theme of the problem of communication in contemporary society. Technically superb with strong performances, this is one of Antonioni's most accessible works. Winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize.
Publisher: Optimum Releasing
Length: 118 mins
Cat No: OPTD0939
Format: DVD B&W
- Interview with Jose Moure, author on the films of Antonioni.
by Anon on 20th July 2000
Vittoria (Monica Vitti) abandons a difficult relationship yet the emotional wounds of separation leave her with feelings that she doesn't fully understand and is incap... Read on
Vittoria (Monica Vitti) abandons a difficult relationship yet the emotional wounds of separation leave her with feelings that she doesn't fully understand and is incapable of communicating. Aimlessly she wanders throught the cold modernist architecture of Rome and has a brief affair with an insensitive stock broker (Alain Delon). Like 'Le Notte' and 'Il Deserto Rosso', 'L'Eclisse' was made at a time of great uncertainty in Antonioni's life, a point where he doubted all forms of communication, subsequently the films investigation of love veers into abstraction and pictorialism and away from character. 'L'Eclisse' is not one of his best, it feels lost and rambling and has a suicidal tone that can be wearing, but it does contain some extraordinary sequences - the African dance, Delon and Vitti in the park, and the final where the enduring progression of the city washes over the human story. It's half masterpiece, half depressing but essential viewing none-the -less. Hide
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