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Antonioni's study of alienation and moral decay chronicles a day in the life of a middle-class couple whose marriage has been destroyed by mutual indifference and impenetrable loneliness.
Continuing the "alienation trilogy" that began with L'Avventura and ended with L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte is a visually arresting, emotionally numbing exercise in chronic ennui. The film's anesthetizing effect is entirely intentional; Antonioni's central couple (Marcello Mastroianni as a self-absorbed novelist, Jeanne Moreau as his bored and wealthy wife) wallow in their own emotional desolation, constantly drifting--and in Moreau's case, literally drifting--from one disaffected scene to the next. Antonioni's pained study of modern detachment is richly supported by his visuals, often placing his isolated characters in a harsh landscape of empty glamor and even emptier emotions. Driving the point home is Monica Vitti as Marcello's would-be mistress; in their aimless lassitude, neither can muster the necessary passion. It's all too superficial to register with any lasting dramatic impact, but La Notte remains the fascinating work of a master, redefining how movies reflect the many facets of humanity. --Jeff Shannon
Challenging, complex and emotionally subtle, this grew considerably for me on 2nd viewing. Indeed, I felt perhaps the most ‘inside’ an Antonioni film I ever had. Read morePublished 16 days ago by K. Gordon
Pound nails through my head but don't make me
sit through another inanitoon debacle . This masquerade
is essentially a documentary about Italian architecture... Read more
"La Notte" is a drama about a broken marriage and how one night's events affect that union. The couple is portrayed by Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau, two of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Adducchio
A disturbing night in the life of a couple wandering around soaking up the pervasive angst.
Mastroianni was never this serious, thin looking, smallish, and intent. Read more