Le amiche Le amiche

Le amiche

Michelangelo Antonioni

 
Le amiche (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1955
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #817

This major early achievement by Michelangelo Antonioni bears the first signs of the cinema-changing style for which he would soon be world-famous. Le amiche (The Girlfriends) is a brilliantly observed, fragmentary depiction of modern bourgeois life, conveyed from the perspective of five Turinese women. As four of the friends try to make sense of the suicide attempt of the fifth, they find themselves examining their own troubled romantic lives. With suggestions of the theme of modern alienation and the fastidious visual abstraction that would define his later masterpieces such as L’avventura, L’eclisse, and Red Desert, Antonioni’s film is a devastating take on doomed love and fraught friendship.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation with scholars David Forgacs and Karen Pinkus on the film’s themes
  • New interview with scholar Eugenia Paulicelli on the importance of fashion in Antonioni’s work
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo

    New cover by Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Le amiche: Friends—Italian Style

By Tony Pipolo June 07, 2016

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1955 feature about a group of Turinese women plays on the themes of the novel it was adapted from, while showcasing the developing style of the soon-to-be legendary . . . Read more »

Behind the Scenes

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From the Antonioni Archives

September 29, 2016

Today, we’re celebrating iconic Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni on what would have been his 104th birthday. A pioneering force in European cinema in the sixties, Antonioni won . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

Leamiche1_current_thumbnail

Le amiche: Friends—Italian Style

By Tony Pipolo June 07, 2016

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1955 feature about a group of Turinese women plays on the themes of the novel it was adapted from, while showcasing the developing style of the soon-to-be legendary . . . Read more »


Video

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Working with Vittorio De Sica

March 31, 2016

Since its initial release more than half a century ago, Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves has been lauded as one of cinema’s greatest achievements. Loosely adapted from a novel by Luigi . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

March 25, 2016

Director Ben Wheatley discusses his favorite films, which include Godard’s Weekend. After watching it, he says, “I almost felt like I’d had the stack of cards in my head rearranged and . . . Read more »

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