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L'Eclisse (1962)
"L'eclisse" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  20 December 1962 (USA)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.


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In the suburbs of Rome, the translator Vittoria breaks her engagement with her boyfriend, the writer Ricardo, after a troubled night. Vittoria goes downtown to meet her mother, who is addicted to the stock market, and she meets the broker Piero on a day of crash. The materialist Piero and the absent Vittoria begin a monosyllabic relationship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Some US exhibitors were so perplexed by the non-verbal ending that they simply chopped off the last 7 minutes, now regarded as one of the seminal scenes in Antonioni's entire oeuvre. See more »


Vittoria: Why do we ask so many questions? Two people shouldn't know each other too well if they want to fall in love. But, then, maybe they shouldn't fall in love at all.
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Referenced in Il Sorpasso (1962) See more »


L'eclisse Twist
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A Haunting and Enigmatic Journey
18 April 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

In many ways, "L'Eclisse" is the quintessential film from Antonioni's vintage period. Less beautiful than "L'Avventura", it compromises nothing in its exploration of human disaffection. The director himself has stated the humans are out of joint with their world, because of a kind of over-civilization, mainly through technology. And sexuality remains a final realm of mystery and contact with natural human physicality. For this reason, many characters in his films move from one sexual liaison to another, with no sense of any deep involvement: the attempt to connect in this way is futile. A real connection to the natural world has been lost. Humans have constructed a cold, efficient surface for the world which is difficult or impossible to penetrate. In an unconscious attempt to penetrate, to understand, characters seem continuously to grope and search.

"L'Eclisse" is especially memorable for its strange juxtaposition of the imagery of modern city life (in particular the Stock Exchange scenes; the car running into the river) with that of natural, or more primitive states (Monica Vitti's African dance; the fossilized plant). And the final sequence is almost overwhelming in its science-fiction-like presentation of a silent eclipsing of mankind in his own environment.

Vitti is the perfect Antonioni actor. She displays just enough emotion to realize the character, but is malleable enough for the director to illustrate his theme through her. Alain Delon never looked more handsome. He conveys the spiritually empty stock broker quite effectively.

Unfortunately, prints of this film are not in the best condition. It is time to restore it, along with "La Notte" to the technical standards they deserve.

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