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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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Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Ennio Flaiano (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Giovanni Pontano
Jeanne Moreau ... Lidia Pontano
Monica Vitti ... Valentina Gherardini
Bernhard Wicki ... Tommaso Garani
Rosy Mazzacurati Rosy Mazzacurati ... Rosy
Maria Pia Luzi Maria Pia Luzi ... Un'invitata
Guido A. Marsan Guido A. Marsan ... Fanti (as Guido Ajmone Marsan)
Vittorio Bertolini Vittorio Bertolini
Vincenzo Corbella Vincenzo Corbella ... Mr. Gherardini
Ugo Fortunati Ugo Fortunati ... Cesarino
Gitt Magrini Gitt Magrini ... Signora Gherardini
Giorgio Negro Giorgio Negro ... Roberto
Roberta Speroni Roberta Speroni ... Beatrice
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Storyline

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 Lidia 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, Lidia flirts with the playboy Roberto. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,547, 18 September 2016

Gross USA:

$39,236

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,236
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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Roberto: Our time, sir, is vile and anti-philosophical, afraid to take a stand on values. As for democracy, in a nutshell, it means: take things as they come.
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Distant, beautiful, difficult and absorbing
1 May 2014 | by runamokprodsSee 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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