The 80s (discarded hypodermic) and the film–reality divide are on trial in this very personal study of existential malaise. Our protagonist lives a circular life and circular lies; despite a brief moment of clarity on the Venetian lagoon ("one hopes solitude will stir the imagination"), his science-fiction film proves that there is nothing new under the sun, whether it be a literal star or merely a vaginal symbol.
Ah, the power of the 1980's to destroy something beautiful... You get the occasional beautiful shot, but this is a mess, both aesthetically and in terms of screenplay. Almost self-parody. At least Antonioni had te excuse of doing this in early 80's, some Brazilian directors were stuck here until mid-00's. The 2nd star is to the ending, I love it.
I was thinking of 4 stars, but then i let it soak in. The scene with the fog is stupendous and the ending is just perfect. A world dominated by women, a man's obsession with the feminine figure. Or the whole world obsessed with it: Mavi looking in the mirror while the director makes her come is not narcisistic, is more of homoerotic. Women are always Antonioni's favorites, but in here he pays is definite homage.
প্রকৃতির মহাজাগতিক সৌন্দর্য্য যেহেতু আন্তোনিওনির প্রধান আগ্রহের বিষয় ছিল সেহেতু স্বয়ং মহাজগৎটা নিয়েও তার আগ্রহ থাকার কথা। "রেড ডেজার্টে" বোলোনিয়ার রেডিও দুরবিন দিয়ে কিছু কথা বলিয়েছিলেন, আর এখানে কথা বলালেন সূর্যকে দিয়ে। সূর্যের ভিতরে যাওয়ার ইচ্ছা দিয়ে শেষ হওয়া এই সিনেমার সবচেয়ে স্মরণীয় দৃশ্যটা তৈরি হয়েছিল সূর্যহীনতা দিয়ে, ঘন কুয়াশার মধ্যে।
Tragic misfire, because Antonioni is a genius. You can see how he assembled the pieces, but he just didn't know how to put it together. Perhaps a bit blinded by his love of the naked female form which started with 'Zabriskie Point' and ended with 'Beyond the Clouds'.
A subtle, but masterfully implicit plot point: at the first party, as soon as Niccolo forces Mavi to listen to an argument that she'd rather not -he simultaneously stops her instinct for casual disregard while also validating it as the plausible reason behind which she'd no longer maintain her 'society' associations. An amazing conflict of observed un-desirable 'character' and the ironic desired consequences of such!