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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.

Writers:

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 ... 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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pauline Kael once dubbed the film "Some Like It Cold". See more »

Goofs

When Vittoria and Piero are approaching the corner where they stop to talk and Piero leans against the fence, you can see a whitish mark from the fence across the back of Alain Delon's suit jacket, evidence of a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Woman at the Borsa: Got any tips?
Vittoria's Mother: Yeah, but I keep them to myself.
[Talking to herself]
Vittoria's Mother: She's a jinx. Worse than a rattlesnake.
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by approx. three minutes. See more »


Soundtracks

L'eclisse Twist
Written by Giovanni Fusco
Performed by Mina
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More than decent conclusion of a great trilogy
1 March 2006 | by AlexandarSee all my reviews

L'Eclisse (1962)***1/2

Third film in Antonioni's trilogy of alienation following L'Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961) about a young woman (Monica Vitti) and her brief affair with handsome Alain Delon.

Like in his other movies, Antonioni uses specific techniques not to tell the story but rather to express the lack of communication among the characters, their alienation and incapableness to make a strong and meaningful relation. May this be because of their shallow characters or as a result of living in a modern society marked with the superficial values like prestigious and run-for-the-money – it's up to the viewer to decide. Anyway, long cadres, real time events, visual metaphors and visual contrasts between the characters on the one side and landscapes and/or modern day creations like buildings, streets (usually empty) on the other is what makes this rather experience than a plot-movie (intentionally) but nevertheless effective in their purpose (which is to express and transmit this same feelings of alienation to the viewer). So, if you're looking for an entertainment, you better skip this one. Final scene is great in concluding the movie. A bit weaker of great L'Avventura.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$555
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Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording-Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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