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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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 ... Nymphomaniac
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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A new genre of motion picture... to make you think and feel. See more »

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Drama

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Trivia

Famous Italian writer Umberto Eco (1932-2016) appears in the movie as a guest at the party of the Gherardini family. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Giovanni: Don't forget.
Valentina Gherardini: My memory seems to get worse every day.
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Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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cold, harsh, dark, - and that's just the drinks
23 July 2001 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

This is a hard film to sit through. Which is not to say it isn't worthwhile, or good, or even a masterpiece, but that the state of mind of the characters involved is hard to cope with - they are depressed, aimless, drifting, unable to make any emotional commitment in an atomised, alienating landscape that is, in the words of Henri Lefebvre, full of signs but absolutely no symbols. The symbols have been all used up, exhausted, just as the couple's love has been all used up. The truth of this film resides for me in its final scene when Moreau (Lidia) reads the old love letter out to Giovanni as a cold morning mist snakes around the golf course. It talks about waking up next to her and possessing her so completely that she is no longer herself, but part of him; utterly owned, 'an image I want to keep forever.' But now the image is tarnished, forgotten, and the woman is alone, abandoned -free of her cage, but utterly lost in the dark mean streets of modernity.


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Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardy, 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 | Mono (Fono-Roma)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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