Marcello Mastoianni and Jeanne Moreau are so great, Monica Vitti, too. I saw this in the theater so long ago...and had forgotten that it was the first Antonioni I really liked-can't say "enjoyed" because it is just so sad.
This was my favorite film of all time for a while. Saw it in a movie theater, all proper. Went for years and years trying to find it again. Saw it on Bravo before they went all psycho. Just re-affirmed my love for it. Marcello, Marcello!
I don't think this is as accomplished as L'avventura, the only other Antonioni film I've seen. But there are many things I like, such as the cinematography. I feel like it's not as subtle as it sets out to be, and in the end, it is somewhat caricaturist. I think I may need a second viewing to make up my mind, honestly.
Upon a second viewing, my view of the film completely changed for the better. I can safely say that this is perhaps Antonioni's best study of depression as well as being his overall best film. Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau give their best performances here as tragic characters destined for misery. As someone who was in a state of depression, I cannot think of a film that illustrates it better- Bravo!
So far my favorite Antonioni, the cinematography, compositions and use of locations are perfect. The use of poetry in the script is remarkably inspired as well as the dialogue being nothing but nuanced, the film takes its sweet time to give you these little hints aiming at how complex the real emotions of these characters are, everybody is grieving here, and the ones who don't haven't realized yet.