Le Amiche

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Though seldom seen now, Antonioni's fourth feature is one of his greatest films, in which diverse plot strands, character psychology, and a masterful control of the camera are perfectly fused. Drawn from Pavese, the story begins when local-girl-made-good Clelia returns to Turin to open a fashion salon, and finds the girl in the hotel room next to her has attempted suicide. This introduces Clelia to a new set of friends, whose various amorous problems become the focus of interest. With two bravura set pieces - a picnic by the sea that foreshadows L'Avventura, and a troubled tea party - Antonioni's intensity and grip, and his vivid portrayal of feminine anxiety in particular, make for a film that has barely dated at all.

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriter: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alba De Cespedes
Cast: Eleonora Rossi Drago
Valentina Cortese
Gabriele Ferzetti
Yvonne Furneaux
Franco Fabrizi
Madeleine Fischer
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