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L'Eclisse (1962)

L'eclisse (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1962 (USA)
A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.

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Michelangelo Antonioni (scenario and dialogue), Tonino Guerra (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Piero
Monica Vitti ... Vittoria
Francisco Rabal ... Riccardo
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Vittoria's Mother
Rossana Rory ... Anita
Mirella Ricciardi Mirella Ricciardi ... Marta
Louis Seigner Louis Seigner ... Ercoli
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Storyline

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

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... the ache and ecstasy of love...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

20 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Eclisse See more »

Filming Locations:

EUR, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording-Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final part of the unofficial "Incommunicability Trilogy" also including L'Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961). See more »

Goofs

At 1:28:30 into the film, Vittoria and Piero get wet from a sprinkler. The right side of Piero's jacket is clearly wet. A minute later when they are listening to the piano player, the back of Vittoria's blouse is still wet, but Piero's jacket is dry. See more »

Quotes

Piero: What are you writing?
Vittoria: I'm translating some Spanish.
Piero: How do you say "I want to come up" in Spanish?
Vittoria: You say, "You can't". Tough language, isn't it?
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Connections

Referenced in Il Sorpasso (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

L'eclisse Twist
Written by Giovanni Fusco
Performed by Mina
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L'Eclisse is about emptiness, meaningless capitalism and the nuclear threat.
1 July 2005 | by Tony-PapardSee all my reviews

Antonioni's 'L'Eclisse' depicts the emptiness and and meaningless of life in the post-Second World War world under the shadow of the nuclear threat. This is represented by the mushroom shaped water-tower looming outside the window in the film's early sequences, and is referred to again in newspaper headlines towards the end of the film. This film was made in 1962, a year after the Berlin crisis, and in the year of the Cuba crisis when we came very close to nuclear war between the USA and the USSR.

The film also depicts the greed of capitalism, as shown in the mad, chaotic scenes in the Rome Stock Exchange and the obsessive gambling of the mother character.

The location, with distant shots of Benito Mussolini's EUR buildings on the outskirts of Rome, also suggest a meaningless, empty, soulless Brave New World all overshadowed by the nuclear threat, where people suffer loneliness and depression and feel unable to make long-term commitments.


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