La Notte (1961)
"La notte" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  19 February 1962 (USA)
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.


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Complete credited cast:
Bernhard Wicki ...
Tommaso Garani
Rosy Mazzacurati ...
Maria Pia Luzi ...
Guido A. Marsan ...
Fanti (as Guido Ajmone Marsan)
Vittorio Bertolini
Vincenzo Corbella ...
Mr. Gherardini
Ugo Fortunati ...
Gitt Magrini ...
Signora Gherardini
Giorgio Negro ...
Roberta Speroni ...


In Milan, after visiting dear friend Tommaso Garani that is terminal in a hospital, the writer Giovanni Pontano goes to a party for the release of his last book, and his wife Lydia Pontano visits the place where she lived many years ago. In the night, they go to a night-club, and later to a party in the mansion of the tycoon Mr. Gherardini. Along the night, Giovanni flirts with Valentina Gherardini, the daughter of the host, and then he receives a proposal to work for him in the area of communication and write the history of his company. Meanwhile, Lydia flirts with the playboy Roberto. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Michelangelo Antonioni's first collaboration with Marcello Mastroianni. Surprisingly, these two titans of the Italian film industry would not work together again for another 34 years on Beyond the Clouds (1995). See more »


When Giovanni pours champagne in the hospital, Bernhard Wicki (Tommaso) looks straight to the camera while turning his head from Lidia to Giovanni. See more »


Lidia: "When I awake this morning, you were still asleep. As I awoke I heard you gentle breathing. I saw you closed eyes beneath wisps of stray hair and I was deeply moved. I wanted to cry out, to wake you, but you slept so deeply, so soundly. " "In the half light you skin gloved with life so warm and sweet. I wanted to kiss it, but I was afraid to wake you. I was afraid of you awake in my arms again. Instead, I wanted to something no one could take from me, mine alone...this eternal image of you. ...
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Distant, beautiful, difficult and absorbing
1 May 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Challenging and emotionally muted on 1st viewing, I still found this largely a very interesting portrait of a bourgeois marriage crumbling, observed during one afternoon and night.

The couple visit a seemingly dying friend in the hospital, attend a book signing for the husband's new novel, stop at a nightclub where they barely even react to an erotic floor show, and then head to a party for a rich industrialist who is celebrating the first win by his new racehorse, Both Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau do terrific work as the deadened and estranged couple. He no longer even identifies with his own writing, feeling it's just a product, like that made by the industrialist. He's even lost his sense of lust. She no longer feels love for him, and seems locked in loneliness and depression. It's a tough movie to take, grim, humorless, almost as dead feeling as its leads, but that would seem to be the point.

My only problem, as I've occasionally had with Antonioni, is that well before the end I felt I had gotten these themes clearly and powerfully, and there was, after that, a certain sense of hammering home ideas that had already been expressed beautifully with a lighter touch (there's a key reveal near the end that I saw coming a mile off). But the images (of course) are striking and memorable, as are the performances, and the sad gloom that hovers over this world of people who seem to have it all, and yet feel so little.

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