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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 ... 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...

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Drama | Romance

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording-Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ranked number 70 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. 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: You don't know me, but I know you. How are you?
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Follows La Notte (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

L'eclisse Twist
Written by Giovanni Fusco
Performed by Mina
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The capital,the eroticism
5 December 2006 | by Cristi_CiopronSee all my reviews

The Eclipse denotes Michelangelo Antonioni 's flawless taste,and his powerful,virile instinct for strong compositions;this elegant and suave movie is one of the cinema's best pieces of poetry (I must also confess that I prefer this early,younger,"black and white" and peninsular Michelangelo Antonioni;he was 50 years when he made L'ECLISSE).Before he approached the '60s counterculture,Antonioni made a few strong movies not only for the intellectuals but also about intellectuals.

This one is an incredibly rich movie,a movie about many things:about solitude,financial pawns,a woman's indefinite aspirations,the vibrating city beauty,and the heart's resilience,the woman soul's density,the urban aesthetic;and also about:greed,people that search gropingly .Little wheels in the gearing of the stock exchange;the stock exchange's crushing machine.Antonioni is caustic and sober.His theme,the human monad,is inexhaustible.The naturalness,the charm,the intensity,the integrity,the width of this film must be mentioned.Antonioni proved that,for his cinema,experiments are always ways and means,while the most intense poetry is the aim.(Each great director is an experimenter;all great directors are experimenters,only to be better poets.)

Antonioni is one of the three directors who,according to Averty,never made a bad movie (and Antonioni's creation was,for almost two decades, quite abundant;it is only after Blowup (1966) that he went slow,making some seven movies in so many decades).His movies don't have a "sockdolager",that's part of what makes them so good and endearing.Experimenting in countless ways,Antonioni never forgot to be a poet,and never failed.His aesthetic aim has a side of ingenuity and directness that enchants in an unfailing way.

And what is Antonioni's poetry?It is this compact texture,this density of the people and of the life,the striking immediacy.It is amazing also how Antonioni put all of himself in this beautiful movie,The Eclipse.

Like a few others,The Eclipse is one of the movies that give us the taste of what cinema can be.


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