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 ... 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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Second part of the unofficial "Incomunicability Trilogy" also including L'Avventura (1960) and L'Eclisse (1962). See more »

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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: Valentina, I'm rather disappointed.
Valentina Gherardini: In me? How can I put that right? Shall we read a few pages together?
Giovanni: That would be one way of getting closer.
Valentina Gherardini: Are you craving for affection?
Giovanni: Aren't you?
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A Beautiful Film
1 September 2007 | by turner_cinemaSee all my reviews

Its better to wander into this film without knowing too much. The performances are all outstanding but the main credit must be handed to the artist behind it all Michelangelo Antonioni. It would have been quite beautiful to have seen this film when it came out, but even after all these years the themes still resonate as true.

I don't want to get into the plot too much, but this film is more about feeling. The friction and differences between husband and wife are explored.

Antonioni doesn't force anything, he allows a scene to play out in proper time. This film is full of symbolism and despair.


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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, 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:

1.85 : 1
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