FILMADRID & MUBI: The Video Essay—"L’eclisse Lines"

A video essay on the visual storytelling in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 feature film "L'eclisse".

The Video Essay is a joint project of MUBI and FILMADRID Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both MUBI and FILMADRID will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The seven selected works will be shown during the dates of FILMADRID (June 8 - 17, 2017) on MUBI’s cinema publication, the Notebook. Also there will be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of MUBI and FILMADRID.

L'eclisse Lines

A video essay by Hannah Leiß

A video essay on the visual storytelling in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 feature film L'eclisse. The film is considered the last part of a trilogy which was preceded by L'avventura" (1960) and La notte (1961). Throughout L'eclisse visual storytelling is used in a powerful way to emphasize the incommunication between the main characters: Vertical lines in the background of the image composition visually separate the two lovers in each and every shot from each other. Image framing and character blocking go perfectly hand in hand with the overall story line of L'eclisse.

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