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La notte

Italy, France, 1961


Over the course of one day and night, a novelist and his distressed wife lament over the disintegration of their relationship. Antonioni’s muse Monica Vitti smoulders as seductive socialite.

Our take

In the 1960s and beyond, Michelangelo Antonioni was an arthouse king who boldly redefined what modern cinema could be. L’avventura may be his most famous, but its equally masterful follow-up, La notte, is the best introduction to his world—a world of hypnotic beauty and aching loneliness.

La notte Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Though the film takes place over a short period of time, you feel that the infinite is expressed in that one night. The elegance, the style, the decadence, and the existential crisis of everyone on-screen—all of those elements are so powerful when they are combined. There’s an intensity that can be generated by compressing the time frame of a film, and La notte is one of the great examples of that.
June 01, 2018
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Like Lidia, La Notte is externally placid yet bubbling with unrealized dread, sorrow, and sexuality. It’s a muted siren of a movie.
September 15, 2016
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Easy to parody, impossible to replicate, what Andrew Sarris called “Antoniennui”—glamorous European movie stars composed in tableaux in front of brutalist architecture, speaking past each other in existential aphorisms—can be embraced as a Marxist-influence tract on the alienation of contemporary life or snorted at as chic pretention, equal and opposite visceral reactions to ambitious modern aesthetics which in either case and for better and worse say more about you than about the film.
September 14, 2016
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