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L'Eclisse (1962) - English subtitled

The concluding chapter of Antonioni’s love trilogy on contemporary malaise tells the story of a young woman who leaves one lover and drifts into a relationship with another.

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Filmed in sumptuous black and white, and full of scenes of lush, strange beauty, L’ECLISSE tells the story of Vittoria, a young woman who leaves her older lover, then drifts into a relationship with a confident, ambitious young stockbroker. But this base narrative is the starting point for much, much more, including an analysis of the city of Rome as a place of estrangement and alienation, and an implicit critique of colonialism.

Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of forming true connections amidst the meaninglessness of the modern world. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962.

Michelangelo Antonioni, France, Italy, 2022, 126 min. Italian & English spoken, English subtitles. With Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal, Lilla Brignone, Rossana Rory.
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