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L’ECLISSE

Director: MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

126 minutes, Italy-France, 1962, Subtitled, Black and White, Digital


This film was released on Friday 28th August 2015 and is no longer screening. 

 Preceded by L’Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961), Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse is considered the last part of a loose trilogy on alienation, malaise, and ennui in contemporary Italy. After Vittoria (Monica Vitti) breaks up with her writer boyfriend, she meets with her mother at the Rome Stock Exchange, and is introduced to her mother’s broker, Piero (Alain Delon), with whom she drifts into the early stages of a new relationship. Using the traditionally romantic backdrop of Rome to unusual and unsettling effect in emphasising instead the distance between the film’s protagonists, encapsulated in its magnificently bleak final minutes, it’s a chilling indictment of a fractured society.

As with much of Antonioni’s work, the film proved divisive on release, but its portrayal of the difficulties of human connection in a materially obsessed world has led to subsequent laudatory reappraisal. (Notes by Kevin Coyne)

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