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La Notte (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1961)

Marcello Mastroianni , Jeanne Moreau , Michelangelo Antonioni  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Format: Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DZP1C3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with film critic Adriano Apra and film historian Carlo Di Carlo
  • New interview with professor Giuliana Bruno
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and more

  • Editorial Reviews

    This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni’s follow-up to the epochal L’avventura. Marcello Mastroianni (Divorce Italian Style) and Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim) star as a novelist and his frustrated wife who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel. Antonioni’s muse Monica Vitti (Red Desert) smolders as an industrialist’s tempting daughter. Moodily sensual cinematography and subtly expressive performances make LA NOTTE an indelible illustration of romantic and social deterioration.

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    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY GREAT FILM; A TERRIBLE DVD October 9, 2001
    By TUCO H.
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    A film that Jean Renoir called "Magnificent" and Orson Welles said he couldn't stand, "La Notte" is arguably Antonioni's most flawless, concentrated and deeply layered masterpiece (the late great critic William Arrowsmith has put forth the most masterful argument in favor of this high opinion in his fantastically unconventional and myth-debunking, chapter-long review of it in "Antonioni: Poet of Images"), and it certainly deserved better than the amateurish & just plain awful transfer it has gotten from the philistine cheapskates at Fox-Lorber. The film's influence on other filmmakers & especially the most famous of American directors such as Scorsese, Coppola, and De Palma is IMMENSE: for direct proof check out Scorsese's homage to the famous silent-conversation-in-the-parked-car-in-the-rain scene in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," where Ellen Burstyn is seen grieving silently in the closed capsule of her car in the pouring rain for her son who has run away. Some people also mention Kubrick's final pretentious mediocrity "Eyes Wide Shut" as being similar to this film. Well, it figures, and no real film fans are too surpried since "Barry Lyndon" and "2001" were also both practically Antonioni films in their deliberate, super-concentrated compositions and slow pacing, and also because back when he was still a great director (in 1963) Kubrick listed "La Notte" as his 7th favorite film of all-time.
    The picture quality of this DVD version Fox-Lorber-Winstar has thrown on the market is maybe SLIGHTLY better than a mediocre VHS copy, but that's about it! The ONLY reason to buy the DVD is to be able to get to your favorite parts quicker.
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    47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film, Annoying DVD November 14, 2001
    Format:DVD
    This is truly a wonderful film. Moreau, Mastroianni and Vitti are perfect in Antonioni's expression of banality and dispassion in the modern age. Those put off by Antonioni's work, due to vagueness and slow pacing, will find "La Notte" extremely approachable. Also, I was amazed to how similar "La Notte" is to Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." The portraying of the emptiness of the main characters marriage not through dialog but imagery, the story structure, the wealthy friends party (end of "La Notte," beginning of "EWS"), the personal odysseys Moreau and Mastroianni venture on to spark up passion in their lives are all reminiscent of Kubrick's last film. I haven't heard of Kubrick being influence by Antonioni or not, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
    Being that "La Notte" is such a visual treat, it is frustrating that the Fox Lorber DVD is so poorly put together. It skips, the audio often doesn't sync up with the actors mouths, there is a hiss that keeps on going on and off, and there are many scratches and smudges throughout. Oh well. Hopefully Criterion will pick this one up and do to "La Notte" what they did for "L'Avventura." That is the treatment this film deserves.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Antonioni Masterpiece January 30, 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD
    While "L'Avventura" was a film about mystery, and about the discovery of mystery in our lives, this follow-up is darker, stressing the loss of mystery--along with the loss of love and of value in life. Like "L'Avventura," it's supremely beautiful to look at, and it also focuses on the Italian upper-class world of the early 60s. Here, Marcello Mastroianni plays a celebrated novelist who's in the process of burning out, and Jeanne Moreau is his wife--who's burning out too, but unlike him, she's aware of it. She (and he, to a lesser extent) embarks on a sort of odyssey of self-discovery in the course of a day and night; among the many brilliant episodes is a long night party at the home of a millionaire (who, we learn, "collects" intellectuals such as the novelist, and then seeks to buy them). The millionaire's speeches are brilliantly written, as he gradually caricatures himself, and as he implicates the intelligentsia in the process of emptying that the modern world is rapidly accomplishing. Moreau herself has never been more expressive--well, maybe in "Jules and Jim"--and Mastroianni is also at his best. As if that pairing weren't enough, about two-thirds of the way through we meet the magnificent Monica Vitti, playing the 18-year-old daughter of the millionaire, and giving endless shadings to her character--as she usually does.
    The DVD is good, though not as good as it might have been. The film is letterboxed, and the image is good and crisp. The subtitles are good, but often bits of dialogue aren't translated, especially bits in the party scenes. There are very few extras, but the filmographies are good. The DVD promises weblinks, but the main link is to the Internet Movie Database, which anybody likely to watch this film will probably have bookmarked long ago. Still, for anyone interested in Antonioni, or in the greatest films of the era, this is well worth the purchase price.
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the DVD IS watchable April 26, 2004
    Format:DVD
    Several respondents here have criticized the transfer quality, citing cropping, hisses, wobbling, etc. Most of the "cropping" is attributable to television overscan, and you notice it more on this DVD because Antonioni makes such deft and unusual use of the far edges of the screen. There are DVD players available which can help compensate for overscanning, a problem originating from standard television sets and not this particular DVD. Regarding hisses, those recurring, distant industrial sounds you hear are on the original soundtrack. Undoubtedly they are meant to serve an emotional mood. One respondent reports that the image is so jumpy he couldn't watch the film; I simply didn't have the same viewing experience. A number of Criterion releases have more image wobble than this one. In fact, I'm impressed by the great sound and picture quality of this DVD. It's a huge improvement over the muddy version which Bravo used to broadcast, and notably cleaner than theatrical prints available in the US in the 1990s. While not perfect, this DVD delivers the aural and visual clarity which Antonioni deserves.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, the kind that bears repeat viewing as ...
    Great film, the kind that bears repeat viewing as there is always some nuance I missed before. I'd happily exchange the hourse spent at every romance movie of the last 20 years for... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by KiKi4CoCoPuffs
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Antonioni at his finest, disillusioned and yet hopeful.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars LA NOTTE .... YES!!!!
    Great as all Criterions are...I own a complete collection to-date!
    Published 2 months ago by Gerald Palladino
    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story, exceptional dialogue
    Antonioni's next feature following L'Avventura was an extremely memorable piece with well turned dialogue which shows Mastroiani, Jean Moreau and Monica Vitti in a mesmerizing flux... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Art di Cetrulli
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CLASSIC ANTONIONI
    I had a copy of La Notte, from years back bought as a PAL DVD mport. The release of La Notte on Criterion is simply fabulous and with gorgeous B&W cinematography!. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Felipe N. Gajate
    4.0 out of 5 stars La Notte. ... La dolce vita
    A good story but it seems to move a little slow at times. Also parts of the movie seem to be borrowed from the plot of Law Dolce Vita.
    Published 6 months ago by mojo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Amazon
    For making this movie and movies like this available on demand in HD. Going back and watching these classics restored in HD is like watching them for the first time, even better if... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Adam Voorhees
    5.0 out of 5 stars Relationship break-down in the process...
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