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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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Tommaso Garani
Rosy Mazzacurati ...
Rosy
Maria Pia Luzi ...
Un'invitata
Guido A. Marsan ...
Fanti (as Guido Ajmone Marsan)
Vittorio Bertolini
Vincenzo Corbella ...
Mr. Gherardini
Ugo Fortunati ...
Cesarino
Gitt Magrini ...
Signora Gherardini
Giorgio Negro ...
Roberto
Roberta Speroni ...
Beatrice
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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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Many nights led to this night, nights of time, nights of fear, nights of love, nights of loneliness, nights of pursuit and conquest, nights without privacy, and this night - a night of truth

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Opening Weekend:

$10,547 (USA) (16 September 2016)

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$39,236 (USA) (16 December 2016)
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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 Al di là delle nuvole (1995). See more »

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Boom visible in shadow form as Giovanni leaves Tomasso's hospital room and walks down the corridor at 16mins or so into the film. See more »

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Giovanni: Who wrote that?
Lidia: You did.
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Referenced in Al di là delle nuvole (1995) See more »

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The sun is setting on a couple's love.
4 May 2000 | by (Champ sur Drac, France) – See all my reviews

In 1960 Milan was modernizing, old buildings were making place for a new stark and impersonal architecture... A young couple (Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroiani) experiences the same transformation.... His desire for her is dead and she even goes looking for other men in a plebeian suburb... Her admiration for him is now confining to boredom.

When the night (La Notte) comes they try to make the best out of it but he is lusting for other women and she is sad because she knows their relation is coming to an end. The lavish party (new Italian capitalism of the 60's) to which they go will not change the course of their life, separation is looming.

Night is falling on their love. At dawn he will not even recognize the love letter he once wrote to her... long before they got married.

This highly symbolic movie is a "chef d'oeuvre du genre" but may seem a bit boring by today's standards. The pace is unrolling slowly. No relation comes abruptly to an end. Antonioni remarkably depicts each character's state of mind. It is a beautiful piece of camera work with magnificent actors in a splendid modernist house.

La Notte (1960) will lead to «Le Mépris » by Jean-Luc Goddard and « Le Chat » by Pierre Granier-Deferre. The unraveling relationship between a man and a woman is a universal and timeless theme.


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