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still from La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, IT/FR 1960)

La notte

La notte

Michelangelo Antonioni / IT, FR, 1960 / 122 min.

Stylised drama about spiritual emptiness in the post-war period. Marcello Mastroianni plays Milanese writer Giovanni, suffering from writer’s block, Jeanne Moreau his alienated wife Lidia and Monica Vitti the bored flirt. This film inspired Ivo van Hove to create the play Antonioni Project: see the exhibition All About Theatre About Film.

poster La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, IT/FR 1960)
In La notte, the attractively presented life of the Milanese elite – living in gleaming modern flats, men and women alike in bespoke suits, driving around the brand new orbital roads in sports cars – is deceptive; behind the façade of good taste, clinking ice cubes in the Campari and polite, cultivated conversation, lurks tedium.

Details

Director

Michelangelo Antonioni

Production year

1960

Country

IT, FR

Original title

La notte

Length

122 min.

Language

Italian, French, English

Subtitles

ENG

Format

35mm

Part of

All About Theatre About Film

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

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All About Theatre About Film: Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
still from La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, IT/FR 1960)
still from La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, IT/FR 1960)

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