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La notte

(The Night)

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Film to Table dinner follows the August 25 screening


Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki,

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La notte takes place over one night, in one city, Milan. Still, Antonioni’s characters are pilgrims in strange lands and times—in L’eclisse, for instance, Alain Delon, in love, will say, “I feel like I’m in a foreign country.” In La notte, that foreign territory is a marriage of ten years being questioned for the first time. Marcello Mastroianni, a novelist, and Jeanne Moreau, his wife, while visiting a dying friend, realize that there is little left between them. The rest of the night is spent in escape and disillusionment, played out against Antonioni’s rigorous sense of place and architecture. The centerpiece of the film is Moreau’s walk through a Milan that is lacking in charm but filled with beauty and meaning for her, with only camera and composition to tell us so. “Beauty,” as their dying friend has said, “is depressing in certain circumstances.” In La notte, the marvelous Moreau begins the retreat to Monica Vitti’s Red Desert island.

Judy Bloch
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Ennio Flajano
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Gianni Di Venanzo
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 122 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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Michelangelo Antonioni: interiores burgueses con figura (program), Institut Valencià de l'Audiovisual i de Cinematografia Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Domènec Font, 2010

La notte (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2004

La notte (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Michelangelo Antonioni: modernist master (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Modernist master: Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1993

La notte (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1992

'Dear Antonioni...' : the complete works of Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kathleen Murphy, 1992

La notte (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1989

NY film bulletin: Jean Luc Godard issue (interview), ny film bulletin, 1964

Antonioni (monograph), Motion Monograph, Philip Strick, 1963

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