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My Netflix Experiments

by Michael E. Wilson
I recently joined Netflix after having been given a free month as a gift from a friend. I decided to use this opportunity to see films that are never available in any rental places I know of and which are generally too high-priced for me to purchase when I can’t be sure I’ll like them enough to want to see them again. My first choice was Michaelangelo Antonioni’s L’ECLISSE (1962). After watching this and listening to the commentary I realized it was actually the third in a trilogy of films, beginning with L’AVVENTURA (1960) and followed by LA NOTTE (1960). I had heard of all of these films, but I had a negative attitude toward Antonioni.… Read more

I recently joined Netflix after having been given a free month as a gift from a friend. I decided to use this opportunity to see films that are never available in any rental places I know of and which are generally too high-priced for me to purchase when I can’t be sure I’ll like them enough to want to see them again. My first choice was Michaelangelo Antonioni’s L’ECLISSE (1962). After watching this and listening to the commentary I realized it was actually the third in a trilogy of films, beginning with L’AVVENTURA (1960) and followed by LA NOTTE (1960). I had heard of all of these films, but I had a negative attitude toward Antonioni. I had seen ZABRISKIE POINT back in 1980 and thought it was the most boring, pointless film I had ever seen. But I decided to rent L’ECLISSE, and found that I liked it very much. So I wanted to see the other two films in the trilogy. I just finished watching L’AVVENTURA and watched it again with the commentary. When I send this back I will have LA NOTTE sent to me, followed by THE RED DESERT (1964). It has been an unexpected pleasure to “discover” Antonioni like this. I regard this as a learning experience and am enthusiastic about what else I might discover along the way.

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