The Eclipse

With L'Avventura and La Notte, L'Eclisse completes an Antonioni trilogy on doomed relationships in a fractured world. This time, Vitti has a traumatic bust-up with the bookish Rabal, and apathetically lets herself get involved with brash young stockbroker Delon. At first glance it's a more formally innovative movie than its predecessors (witness the ending: a long montage that doesn't show the principal characters), but it's underpinned by the same hackneyed symbolism: dawn and nightfall, construction sites, the Bomb, 'ethnic' spontaneity and the rest. Anyone disenchanted with the vacuity of later Antonioni will find the seeds of their dissatisfaction well-rooted in the mannerism and facile anguish evident here.

Release details

Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriter: Michaelangelo Antonioni, Ottiero Ottieri, Tonino Guerra, Elio Bartolini
Cast: Rossana Rory
Lilla Brignone
Alain Delon
Francisco Rabal
Monica Vitti
Louis Seigner

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Filip Thomas Cornel

A sublime, perfect, dark metaphor about the capitalist corporational holcaust and the inability of individual love relationships to safeguard their absolut claim against it.

Filip Thomas Cornel

A sublime, perfect, dark metaphor about the capitalist corporational holcaust and the inability of individual love relationships to safeguard their absolut claim against it.