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L’eclisse

Michelangelo Antonioni

 
L’eclisse (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • Italy
  • 1962
  • 126 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #278

The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’avventura and La notte), L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.

Cast

Credits

DirectorMichelangelo Antonioni
Story and screenplayMichelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra
with collaboration fromElio Bartolini and Ottiero Ottieri
Produced byRobert Hakim and Raymond Hakim
Photography byGianni di Venanzo
EditingEraldo Da Roma
MusicGiovanni Fusco
SoundClaudio Maielli
Sound assistantMario Bramonti
Assistant directorsGianni Arduini and Franco Indovina
Production managerDanilo Marciani
Set designPiero Poletto

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña
  • Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema (2001), a fifty-six-minute documentary exploring the director’s life and career
  • Elements of Landscape, a twenty-two-minute piece from 2005 about Antonioni and L’eclisse, featuring Italian film critic Adriano Aprà and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez, as well as excerpts from Antonioni’s writing about his work

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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L’eclisse: A Vigilance of Desire

By Jonathan Rosenbaum June 09, 2014

Michelangelo Antonioni diagnoses contemporary eroticism and finds poetry in human absence in the final chapter of his early sixties trilogy. Read more »


Film Essays

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L’eclisse: Antonioni and Vitti

By Gilberto Perez June 09, 2014

The soulful Monica Vitti wasn’t just a muse for Michelangelo Antonioni—she was a surrogate. Read more »


Film Essays

On His Art: L’eclisse

By Michelangelo Antonioni March 14, 2005

A director is naturally a man like everyone else. Yet his life isn’t normal. For us, seeing is a necessity. For a painter, too, the problem is to see. But while the painter has to discover a . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Antonioni’s Face

June 11, 2014


Film Essays

294_048_t_thumbnail

L’eclisse: A Vigilance of Desire

By Jonathan Rosenbaum June 09, 2014

Michelangelo Antonioni diagnoses contemporary eroticism and finds poetry in human absence in the final chapter of his early sixties trilogy. Read more »


Film Essays

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L’eclisse: Antonioni and Vitti

By Gilberto Perez June 09, 2014

The soulful Monica Vitti wasn’t just a muse for Michelangelo Antonioni—she was a surrogate. Read more »


Photo Galleries

Happy Birthday, Handsome

November 08, 2013


Photo Galleries


Clippings

A Whole New Avventura

January 10, 2011

Stage-bound is not a term one is apt to associate with the minimalist, resolutely un-dialogue-driven movie worlds of Michelangelo Antonioni. But that hasn’t deterred Ivo van Hove (the artistic . . . Read more »


News

A Royal Summer in Belgium

July 01, 2010

Anyone in the market for a cinematic vacation might consider Brussels this summer. Belgium’s CinémathèqueRoyaleis pulling out all the stops in July and August, hosting multiplemeaty . . . Read more »


Features

Antonioni on Antonioni: “Making a Film Is My Way of Life”

March 14, 2005

The first time I put an eye behind a camera (a 16mm Bell & Howell), it was in a lunatic asylum. The head of the institution was a great big hulk of a man with a face so ravaged by time that . . . Read more »


Film Essays

On His Art: L’eclisse

By Michelangelo Antonioni March 14, 2005

A director is naturally a man like everyone else. Yet his life isn’t normal. For us, seeing is a necessity. For a painter, too, the problem is to see. But while the painter has to discover a . . . Read more »