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Le amiche

Italy, 1955
Drama, Romance


A young woman returns to her home town of Turin to set up a new fashion salon and gets involved with a troubled woman and her three wealthy friends.

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Le amiche Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Beneath the surface, you can sense something stirring, something that would achieve full force in later films. Could contentment in love and career really result in any change to these people’s psychological fortunes? The formalist Antonioni that the world would come to know in just a few years — the poet of shapes, the careful arranger of figures in landscapes — only peeks through in a couple of scenes.
August 15, 2017
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Antonioni’s craft lies meaningfully in the blocking of characters within space. He uses landscape, whether architectural or natural, to entrap characters. By the beach, framed by the ocean, the women crowd the frame as if to keep warm—but notably their eyelines rarely meet.
June 15, 2016
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The film is Antonioni configuring a multitude of cinematic and literary predecessors into a sporadically experimental, but still character-driven whole, whereas his subsequent films became less interested in character psychology than in how the human figure became a means to understand the material elements surrounding them.
June 08, 2016
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