Man-woman relationships -- Italy -- Drama


(The Eclipse)

Digital Restoration


Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Lilla Brignone, Francisco Rabal,

L’eclisse opens with a nearly wordless sequence in which Vittoria (Monica Vitti), within the art-strewn walls of her lover’s home, breaks off their affair. Vittoria drifts downtown and into a love affair with her mother’s young stockbroker, Pierre (Alain Delon). Frenzied scenes of the Stock Exchange provide a hub for this film’s seminal study of personal relationships in modern society. Men embrace as they whisper treacherous secrets, while Vitti/Vittoria, when touched, recoils like an animal; when she is kissed it is as if she is sinking in quicksand. But she seeks after symbols of freedom, dreams of Africa, wild dogs, airplanes. L’eclisse ends with a seven-minute montage of shots of the spots where Vittoria and Pierre met—a montage over time in which neither of the characters appears. It would be the consummation of Antonioni’s “sensual apprehension of intellectually charged space” (Richard Peña) were it not for the fact that Red Desert and The Passenger came after.

Judy Bloch
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Elio Bartolini
  • Ottiero Ottieri
  • Gianni Di Venanzo
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 125 mins
  • Tamasa Distribution
  • 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

The eclipse (review), Guardian (Manchester, England), Peter Bradshaw, 2005

The eclipse (L'eclisse) (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2005

Monochrome fears (review), Sight and Sound, Tim Lucas, 2005

L'eclisse (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 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

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

L'eclisse (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1992

Eclipse (booklet), Diablo Valley College, Stanley Kauffmann, 1965

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