Amiche

Le Amiche

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: Michelangelo Antonioni, Valentina Cortese, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Roman couturier Clelia (Eleonora Rossi-Drago) leaves the big city to work at a boutique in Turin. She moves into a hotel and makes several new friends, but is soon drawn into their extremely unpleasant lives. Clelia enters a doomed relationship with a poor architect's assistant (Ettore Manni), sees her new best friend Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer) commit suicide after

Overview

Roman couturier Clelia (Eleonora Rossi-Drago) leaves the big city to work at a boutique in Turin. She moves into a hotel and makes several new friends, but is soon drawn into their extremely unpleasant lives. Clelia enters a doomed relationship with a poor architect's assistant (Ettore Manni), sees her new best friend Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer) commit suicide after being jilted by her married lover (Gabriele Ferzetti), and is eventually fired from her new job when her hysteria over Rosetta's death interferes with her work. Clelia finally goes back to Rome, and viewers will not blame her a bit. Le Amiche, based on a 1949 article published in La Bella Estate ("Tre Donne Sole" by Cesare Pavese), is perhaps Michelangelo Antonioni's first great film. Juggling 10 characters with great aplomb, Antonioni and co-screenwriters Suso Cecchi D'Amico and Alba De Cespedes have created a rich, interlocking narrative which manages to rise above mere melodrama through careful attention to the ebb and flow of interpersonal relationships and a keen sense of balance. The fine supporting cast includes Valentina Cortese, Yvonne Furneaux, and Franco Fabrizi.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2016
UPC:
0715515178716
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
61

Special Features

New conversation with scholars David Forgacs and Karen Pinkus on the film's themes New interview with scholar Eugenia Paulicelli on the importance of fashion in Antonioni's work

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Valentina Cortese Nene
Gabriele Ferzetti Lorenzo
Franco Fabrizi Cesare Pedoni, the architect
Madeleine Fischer Rosetta Savoni
Yvonne Furneaux Momina De Stefani
Ettore Manni Carlo
Maria Gambarelli Clelia's employer
Eleonora Rossi-Drago Clelia

Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director,Screenwriter
Giovanni Addessi Producer
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Sorelle Fontana Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Fusco Score Composer
Gianni Polidori Art Director
Eraldo Da Roma Editor
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >