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Scorsese talks about Antonioni, placing him within the context of the era’s European “arthouse” cinema.  He also calls L’Eclisse the “boldest” of the three films, “less like a story and more like a poem.”  Naturally, Scorsese makes me ashamed for not liking the movie more. The opening credits of the […]

ESFS Festival 1, Film 3

L’ECLISSE (1962; Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes As much as Antonioni stripped the narratives of L’Avventura and La Notte down to their bare essentials, those films had natural forward momentums and classic narrative shapes.  L’Avventura takes on the basic structure of an unsolvable, Laura-like mystery, […]


La Notte (1961; Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni) Grade: B By Mike Dub The second leg of Michelangelo Antonioni’s so-called “Alienation Trilogy” picks up pretty much where L’Avventura left off with La Notte.  Though unrelated to its predecessor in plot, the themes and relationships circle the same areas: lovers don’t love […]

Clips – Antonioni and “L’Avventura”

Ingmar Bergman wasn’t a huge fan, but he thinks Antonioni “made two masterpieces – Blow-Up and La Notte“: Roughly thirty-five to forty-five seconds after getting ridiculously baked backstage, The Passenger star Jack Nicholson presents Antonioni with an honorary Oscar at the 1995 Academy Awards.  “In the empty silent […]

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