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L'Eclisse (1962)

L'eclisse (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1962 (USA)
A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.

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Michelangelo Antonioni (scenario and dialogue), Tonino Guerra (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Piero
Monica Vitti ... Vittoria
Francisco Rabal ... Riccardo
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Vittoria's Mother
Rossana Rory ... Anita
Mirella Ricciardi Mirella Ricciardi ... Marta
Louis Seigner ... Ercoli
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Storyline

In the suburbs of Rome, the translator Vittoria breaks her engagement with her boyfriend, the writer Ricardo, after a troubled night. Vittoria goes downtown to meet her mother, who is addicted to the stock market, and she meets the broker Piero on a day of crash. The materialist Piero and the absent Vittoria begin a monosyllabic relationship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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... the ache and ecstasy of love...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

20 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Eclisse See more »

Filming Locations:

EUR, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording-Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was very popular here in Japan and is still well regarded in the so-called "mini theatre" (small publisher, indies) genre. Scenes from the film have been used as backdrop to nostalgic Karaoke tracks and occasionally find themselves used in Youtube videos made over here. One notable montage of stills accompanies a 90's song called Tsuki no Nagasu Namida - Tears of the Moon. See more »

Goofs

At 1:28:30 into the film, Vittoria and Piero get wet from a sprinkler. The right side of Piero's jacket is clearly wet. A minute later when they are listening to the piano player, the back of Vittoria's blouse is still wet, but Piero's jacket is dry. See more »

Quotes

Piero: You don't know me, but I know you. How are you?
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by approx. three minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Eclisse (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

L'eclisse Twist
Written by Giovanni Fusco
Performed by Mina
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Beauty and pain.
30 May 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

It only takes a few films to become familiar with the methodic ways of Michelangelo Antonioni. Themes of alienation, disconnection, romance without the romance and dealing with an ambiguous existential way of life. It's fascinating but challenging. I came into L'Eclisse wanting to love it because I love L'Avventura and Blowup but deliberately hard to connect to. We're thrown into a vague but disheartening scenario with depressed characters and just have to follow down that road. It has rich cinematography that has beautiful composition, but an gut- sinking emptiness. It's almost too precise and too self-aware. But that's the beauty of the film, its aesthetic is not supposed to be pleasing, even though artistically it should be. In fact, it's painful. Painful to watch the busiest life of the film being at the stock market while the rest of nature is desolate yet so picturesque. Machines and technology are prominent throughout the film and often physically get in the way of human relationships. The film is a profound and quietly poignant statement on human desires and insecurities, if a little held back by a touch of pretence and too cold for its own good.

8/10


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