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L'Eclisse (1962) Poster

(1962)

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According to Martin Scorsese, this one is 'the boldest film' in the trilogy.
The film was not a commercial success apart from Japan where it went down very well.
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The last film Michelangelo Antonioni made in black and white.
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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.
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The Roman stock market scenes were filmed on Sundays when the market was actually closed. Real brokers were drafted in to make it more convincing.
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During one of the scenes taking place in the Stock Exchange room, a huge clock can be seen displaying "VEN(erdi)" "21" "LUG(lio)" "13:09". It corresponds to Friday July 21th (1961), the real date when it was filmed on this location.
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To prep for the film, Michelangelo Antonioni traveled to Florence to film an actual solar eclipse.
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Pauline Kael once dubbed the film "Some Like It Cold".
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Final part of the unofficial "Incommunicability Trilogy" also including L'Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961).
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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.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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