MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ARCHIVE
FILMOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILMS
CREDITS
Italy 1961 Color 35mm 121minutes
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni, Ennio Flaiano, Tonino Guerra
Photography
Gianni di Venanzo
Music
Giorgio Gaslini
Cast
Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti

IMAGES

La Notte

La Notte

La Notte

La Notte

La Notte

ABOUT THE FILM
La Notte
(The Night)


With the absence of any traditional plot, The Night created an even more depressing assessment of contemporary love than The Adventure. The film explores the relationship of an alienated couple by tracing their lives over 24 hours in the industrial city of Milan; they visit a dying friend in hospital, attend a party, go to a nightclub, wander around the streets. Both are tempted into infidelity with strangers but neither actually commits adultery. Finally, the wife reads her husband one of his old love letters which he fails to recognize. In a desperate effort to communicate, they make love on the grass. Within a marriage destroyed by the indifference of habit and an impenetrable loneliness, Antonioni presents a painful but calm description of the characters through an abstract and poetic use of the framing. People are treated like objects, captured by the reflection in windows or mirror, and observed in a number of city environments. Antonioni was more successful this time matching the characters' time with the actual film time, using long tracking shots to follow the actors after they have delivered their line. He also skillfully employs sounds to advance his analysis of the characters.

Best Film, Berlin, 1961

The Hong Kong Arts Centre

RESOURCES
DVD: Amazon.com
VHS: Amazon.com


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