|Monica Vitti all day ery day|
d. Michelangelo Antonioni
Criterion Collection #278
If you are keeping count that is FOUR Antonioni films I've tackled via the Criterion Collection. Let's see you've got Red Desert (1964), Identification of a Woman (1982), L'Avventura (1960) and this one. I've basically learned two things: First, Monica Vitti is super hot and stylish. Second, Antonioni was the first feature film maker who made boring movies by design. You can call him Modernist or whatever you want but all of this movies are slow and that is the intent and what makes them Antonioni films. Static composition, long takes, lengthy silences- Antonioni in a nutshell.
In L'eclisse, Vitti stars opposite Alain Delon, the (handsome) French actor as a bored something-or-other who falls out of love with one man and in love with another against the backdrop of a financial panic (Delon is a stock broker.)
Like all of Antonioni's films, the plot is almost besides the point, what counts if the atmosphere. There is plenty of atmosphere