La Notte

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Overview

La Notte is another of Michelangelo Antonioni's cinematic interrupted journeys. Just as no one solved the central mystery in Antonioni's L'Avventura, neither does anyone truly enjoy the literary party that is La Notte's centerpiece. The party is being thrown to celebrate the publication of author Marcello Mastrioanni's new novel. But before he even reaches the door of the house, Mastrioanni's evening is ruined when his wife Jeanne Moreau announces suddenly she is disgusted with him--this reaction evidently ...
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Overview

La Notte is another of Michelangelo Antonioni's cinematic interrupted journeys. Just as no one solved the central mystery in Antonioni's L'Avventura, neither does anyone truly enjoy the literary party that is La Notte's centerpiece. The party is being thrown to celebrate the publication of author Marcello Mastrioanni's new novel. But before he even reaches the door of the house, Mastrioanni's evening is ruined when his wife Jeanne Moreau announces suddenly she is disgusted with him--this reaction evidently triggered by an earlier visit to a dying friend. Moreau skips out on the party to wander the streets, searching for...for what? Meanwhile, Mastrioanni tries to inaugurate an empty affair with Monica Vitti, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. The very elements that drive Mastrioanni and Moreau apart at the beginning of the film reunite them at the end. Maybe. L'Avventura and La Notte were the first two chapters in Antonioni's "barreness and alienation" trilogy; the third, L'Eclisse, was released two years later.
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Special Features

New interview with film critic Adriano Aprà and film historian Carlo di Carlo New interview with professor Giuliana Bruno on the role of architecture in La Notte Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Birchmeier
An equally stunning follow-up to Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark 1960 film, L'avventura, La Notte explores similar themes of dysfunctional relationships and a seemingly unattainable search for sincere passion. Again, these underlying themes center on a loosely strung, somewhat inconsequential plot, elevated to fascinating heights by the film's meticulous pace and emphasis on visual nuance. The film admittedly pales to its predecessor a bit, lumbering at times during the first hour, before suddenly becoming rejuvenated when the iconic Monica Vitti transforms the film's dysfunctional couple into a love triangle. It's difficult to not fall under Vitti's spell in this film, her Valentina character emanating a sense of seduction that doesn't need dialogue. Unfortunately, Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau's characters aren't quite as captivating, resulting in occasional lulls -- Moreau's aimless journey through the city streets being one of the more disturbing sequences. Yet even if these pre-Vitti lulls seem a bit laborious for the viewer or even challenging in their slow development, Antonioni's gift for visual composition makes even the least interesting scenes simply genius on a visual level. The powerful conclusion complements the film's poetic yet cold view of a dying relationship -- from beginning to end, the film simply wallows in unexplainable despair without even alluding to a sense of hope. Best appreciated when benchmarked against L'avventura's epic qualities and L'eclisse's almost painful austerity, La Notte serves as a perfect medium in terms of both narrative and technique -- engaging and poetic yet simple and direct.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • UPC: 715515108515
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 718

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marcello Mastroianni Giovanni Pontano
Jeanne Moreau Lidia
Monica Vitti Valentina Gherardini
Bernhard Wicki Tommaso
Maria Pia Luzi Patient
Rosy Mazzacurati Resy
Vincenzo Corbella Gherardina
Ugo Fortunati Cesarino
Gitt Magrini Signora Gheradina
Guido A. Marsan Fanti
Giorgio Negro Roberto
Roberta Speroni Beatrice
Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director, Screenwriter
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Giorgio Gaslini Score Composer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Franco Indovina Asst. Director
Claudio Maielli Sound/Sound Designer
Eraldo Da Roma Editor
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer
Piero Zuffi Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- La Notte
1. From Above [4:03]
2. Champagne And Morphine [12:14]
3. Lured [4:07]
4. Book Party [5:52]
5. Alone, Apart [7:22]
6. Dirt And Sky [5:34]
7. Nothing Has Changed [9:21]
8. Balancing Act [6:23]
9. The Ghererdinis [8:12]
10. Enjoying Oneself [7:10]
11. Valentina's Game [9:42]
12. Proposition [5:10]
13. Downpour [9:58]
14. Two Pairs [13:28]
15. The Morning [13:26]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Chapter 1 [26:24]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
1. Chapter 1 [30:52]
2. Chapter 2 [:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- La Notte
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
   Adriano Aprà And Carlo di Carlo
      Chapters
         Play
   Giuliana Bruno
      Chapters
         Play
   Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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