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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
Piero's car is stolen and driven into a lake by a drunk. The lake is called "Laghetto" (small lake in Italian despite its big size) in the EUR Zone of Rome. At the background of the shot is a curtain-wall like skyscraper office building under construction. It is Palazzo Eni, future headquarters of Italian multinational oil and gas company ENI. The landmark building was under construction at the time of filming around 1961 and was completed in 1962. It is currently the third tallest building in Rome at 80 meters tall and has 22 floors. See more »
As long as we were in love, we understood each other. There was nothing to understand.
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Lack of Communication, Emptiness and Loneliness in the Big City
In the suburb of Rome, the translator Vittoria (Monica Vitti) breaks her engagement with her boyfriend, the writer Ricardo (Francisco Rabal), after a troubled night. Vittoria goes to downtown to meet her mother (Lilla Brignone), who is addicted in Stock Market, and she meets the broker Piero (Alain Delon) in a day of crash in the Stock Market. The materialist Piero and the absent Vittoria begins a monosyllabic relationship.
"L'Eclisse" is a love story in the world of Michelangelo Antoniani, where the lack of communication, emptiness and loneliness in the big city prevails over the human feelings. The first ten or fifteen minutes with Vittoria and Riccardo alone in his apartment, practically without any words (actually very few words are spoken), is amazing, showing a couple whose love and relationship is completely exhausted. The scenes in the Stock Market of Rome are also very impressive. Monica Vitti, the favorite actress of Antonioni, shows a stunning beauty and her alienation of feelings is expressed by her face and few words along the story. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Eclipse" ("The Eclipse")
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