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In this challenging drama by Michelangelo Antonioni, his characteristic long, significant periods of silence punctuate the message that people just cannot seem to communicate with each other. Capping off Antonioni's previous two films L'avventura and La Notte in much the same style, this tale involves a woman, Vittoria Monica Vitti, who has just suffered the break-up of an imperfect relationship with a staunch intellectual Francisco Rabal. Piero Alain Delon, a stockbroker, casts his romantic gaze in Vittoria's ...
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In this challenging drama by Michelangelo Antonioni, his characteristic long, significant periods of silence punctuate the message that people just cannot seem to communicate with each other. Capping off Antonioni's previous two films L'avventura and La Notte in much the same style, this tale involves a woman, Vittoria Monica Vitti, who has just suffered the break-up of an imperfect relationship with a staunch intellectual Francisco Rabal. Piero Alain Delon, a stockbroker, casts his romantic gaze in Vittoria's direction and the woman gradually relents and they begin a tentative affair. There is much to appreciate in this man who is not overly intellectual and is blessedly free of complications, and the same can be said of Vittoria. Yet their innermost fears play upon both of them in ways that go against an honest expression of their love -- and against a lasting relationship.
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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by Richard Peña, program director of the film society of Lincoln Center, in New York; New and improved English subtitle translation; Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema; Elements of Landscape; 32 page booklet featuring new essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez, along with reprinted excerpts from Antonioni's own writings about his work
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All Movie Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Michelangelo Antonioni furthers the ambitious efforts of his two preceding films with L'eclisse, making it a fitting conclusion to his early-'60s trilogy. With this in mind, the film's motifs seem familiar -- again Antonioni employs a cold, unromantic view of life and love centered on a dubious heroine. Yet even if L'eclisse doesn't explore any new territory, thematically or technically, one cannot deny its power. If anything, Antonioni refines his themes and techniques for this film, making Monica Vitti's central character undeniably infatuating, and complementing his lumbering pacing with a wealth of meticulously composed images. In fact, the way Antonioni makes such a fraught film of such an arid script makes L'eclisse his most impressive yet. Still, this same gift for sublime nuance is admittedly challenging, almost too challenging for its own good: masterfully crafted or not, the long sequences and barren plot test one's patience, particularly when the emphasis shifts away from Vitti's male encounters. The film's merits far eclipse these minor complaints, however. The opening sequence -- when a confused Vitti struggles to escape Francisco Rabal's obsessive character -- sets the precedent for the remainder of the film, with its unsure characters, desperate aura, and hovering ambience. The film's conclusion operates similarly, communicating its confusion lyrically, body language contradicting speech; it becomes even more striking when Antonioni employs a final haunting silence, ending the film with an epic, despair-laden montage sequence. Given its reduced narrative and obsessive emphasis on Vitti's enigmatic sense of sadness, L'eclisse's strength -- its ambiguity -- is also its most frustrating characteristic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • UPC: 037429202623
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Vitti Vittoria
Alain Delon Piero
Lilla Brignone Vittoria's Mother
Francisco Rabal Riccardo
Rosanna Rory Anita
Cyrus Elias Intoxicated Man (uncredited)
Louis Seigner Ercoli
Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director, Screenwriter
Gianni Arduini Asst. Director
Elio Bartolini Screenwriter
Bice Brichetto Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Fusco Score Composer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Franco Indovina Asst. Director
Claudio Maielli Sound/Sound Designer
Piero Poletto Production Designer
Eraldo Da Roma Editor
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- L'Eclisse
1. Credits [2:10]
2. Break-Up [16:40]
3. Stock Exchange [7:24]
4. The Pull of Africa [10:10]
5. Dogs on the Loose [5:23]
6. Verona [8:04]
7. The Market Crashes [14:18]
8. Aftermath [1:00]
9. Concern for Mother [4:54]
10. Distressed Clients [3:40]
11. Stolen Car [6:37]
12. The Drunk's End [4:05]
13. An Advance Denied [3:13]
14. Afternoon Rendezvous [5:54]
15. Vittoria Consents [5:20]
16. The Day After [9:25]
17. "And the Day After..." [2:06]
18. Eclipse [7:46]
19. Color Bars [7:35]
Side #2 -- L'Eclisse - Bonus Features
1. Filmmaking Philosophy [3:41]
2. Beginnings [4:45]
3. Searching for a Style [2:57]
4. Monica Vitti/L'Avventura [6:11]
5. La Notte [2:15]
6. L'Eclisse [2:10]
7. Red Desert [7:21]
8. The Late Sixties: International Success [9:03]
9. The Seventies: New Frontiers [3:13]
10. The Eighties: New Challenges [2:55]
11. Reflections on Cinema [6:30]
12. Ceaseless Creativity [4:43]
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Menu

Side #1 -- L'Eclisse
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary: On/Off
   Subtitles
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Side #2 -- L'Eclisse - Bonus Features
   The Eye That Changed Cinema
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      Index
   Elements
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   Subtitles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Antonioni's L'ECLISSE

    A must-see for any Antonioni fans, or art film lovers. This is before the filmmaker exploded with colors, as in RED DESERT or ZABRISKIE POINT, but his painterly qualities are still evident. Also, Monica Vitti and Alain Delon (the 60s French heart-throb) make the film more viewable. It is "slower" than your average Hollywood film, but it is definitely worth your time.

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