L’eclisse [1962]

10/10 | 14.Jan.12
L’eclisse

DIRECTOR: Michelangelo Antonioni | WRITERS: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Elio Bartolini, Ottiero Ottieri | CAST: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal, Louis Seigner, Lila Brignone | Italy

Pauline Kael dismissed L’eclisse as pretentious and summed it up as “Some Like It Cold”. One could say it’s form with no content, surface with no substance, that it’s an austere, stylized, abstract, occasionally hamfisted portrait of alienation in the materialistic, late-capitalist, (almost) post-Colonialist West. Yes. It’s all that and a lot more. I don’t like it as much as I do L’avventura, but I think it’s an even better film, and rumors to the contrary it’s not deadly dull. (It’s extraordinarily beautiful, so watch it on the biggest screen you can find.)

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