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The Eclipse (1962)

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Original title: L' Eclisse

Release Date
Apr 12, 1962 (Italy)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 15, 2005

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country Italy, France

Studio Interopa, Paris Films

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Other Titles
• L'Eclisse
• Eclipse (1962)
• The Eclipse
• Liebe 1962 (1962)
• Sonnenfinsternis (1962)
• L' Eclisse

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Genre: Drama, Psychodrama, Love, Urban

Plot: Michaelangelo Antonioni's L'ECLISSE is a visually stunning film with a strange, abstract plotline. Monica Vitti stars as Vittoria, a beautiful woman who, in the opening scene of the movie, dumps her boring boyfriend Riccardo (Francisco Rabal). Vittoria's mother (Lilla Brignone) passes her time at the stock exchange, watching the numbers rise and fall as if her whole life depends on the next high or low. In contrast, Vittoria wanders the streets of the city unhindered, dreaming, floating independently and waiting for whatever fate befalls her. She begins an affair with a powerful, handsome, emotionally vacant stockbroker, Piero (Alain Delon). Their relationship is fun, flirtatious, risky, and dangerous all at once--but mostly, it is an expression of true human affection, which the other characters in L'ECLISSE seem to lack. However, the plot of L'ECLISSE is hardly Antonioni's focus. As sweeping pans of the calm, dusty streets mix with the intense cacophony of the stock exchange, the director compares and contrasts the structure of city life with the still, silent aspects of a more natural environment, observing society's evolution into a technological monolith. L'ECLISSE is part of a trilogy of Antonioni films, along with LA NOTTE and L'AVVENTURA.

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 Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni
Blowup, The Adventure, Beyond the Clouds
 Written by
Michelangelo Antonioni
Sceicco bianco, Lo, Blowup, The Adventure
Tonino Guerra
Amarcord, Nostalghia, Beyond the Clouds
Alain Delon
The Leopard, The Godson, Rocco and His Brothers
Monica Vitti
The Adventure, The Phantom of Liberty, Notte, La
Francisco Rabal
Belle de jour, Dagon, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Louis Seigner
Corbeau, Le, Prętres interdits, Race des seigneurs, La
Lilla Brignone
Malizia, Estate violenta, Orgasmo
Rosanna Rory
Soliti ignoti, I, Come September, The Angel Wore Red
 Music By
Giovanni Fusco
Hiroshima mon amour, The Adventure, The Red Desert

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