Although relatively plotless, Le amiche is baroque by Antonioni’s later standards. The various failed love affairs are enlivened by emotional confrontations and even a full-fledged brawl. The movie also considerably complicates the Pavese novella… In 1955, Antonioni was subtly criticized by Pavese’s friend, Italo Calvino, for his lack of Pavesean subtlety. The lesson was learned—even more than Le amiche, it’s Among Women Only that anticipates the Antonioni of the ’60s.
June 15, 2010