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Le amiche

(The Girlfriends)

Imported Print


Eleonora Rossi Drago, Valentina Cortese, Yvonne Fourneaux, Franco Fabrizi,

Le amiche follows the lives of four aimless young women as observed by a newcomer, Clelia, who has returned to her native Turin to open a fashion salon. She throws in with the group after one, Rosetta, succumbs to the social vacuum and attempts suicide in the hotel room next to hers. As in The Passenger, years later, this next-door near-death occasions a journey into her own identity for Clelia, as it does for others, including the artist Lorenzo and his wife Nene. The sorry girl functions as a Rosetta stone. Antonioni enriches the story, based on a Pavese novella, with marvelous choreography of movement in the comings and goings, meetings and mismatches of its characters; and with subtle social architecture, expressed in objects and surfaces for reflection. Thus his early melodrama is reminiscent of a master of the form (himself a closet modernist), Mikio Naruse. For BAMPFA audiences, this is not faint praise.

Judy Bloch
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Suso Cecchi D'Amico
  • Alba de Céspedes
Based On
  • the novella Tre donne sole by Cesare Pavese

  • Gianni Di Venanzo
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 104 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Janus Films

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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

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

Le amiche (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1995

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

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

Le amiche (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, Penelope Houston, 1987

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

Le amiche (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Penelope Houston, 1959

Le amiche (review), Variety, Robert F. Hawkins, 1955

Le amiche (synopsis)

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