Vitti and Delon shine in Antonioni’s cool, subtly stylised account of a relationship floundering amid the distractions of modern life.
Dir Michelangelo Antonioni
With Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal
Following L’avventura and La notte, this cool, subtly stylised account of a young woman (Vitti) ending one affair and embarking, tentatively, on another completed Antonioni’s loose trilogy of films about faltering relationships troubled by the alienating distractions of modern life. Gianni Di Venanzo’s meticulously lit and framed compositions speak volumes about ennui, misdirected energies, the legacies of fascism and colonialism and the seemingly insurmountable communication barrier between individuals.
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