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Le Amiche

Le Amiche (1955)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Roman couturier Clelia (Eleonora Rossi-Drago) leaves the big city to work at a boutique in Turin. She moves into a hotel and makes several new friends, but is soon drawn into their extremely unpleasant lives. Clelia enters a doomed relationship with a poor architect's assistant (Ettore Manni), sees her new best friend Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer) commit suicide after being jilted by her married lover (Gabriele Ferzetti), and is eventually fired from her new job when her hysteria over Rosetta's

Aug 7, 2001

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Antonioni's ability to use the screen's illusion of depth or the way he lends an eloquence to the space between characters is a marvel. How he has these people stand is so much more expressive than anything they say.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The expressive elegance of Antonioni's camera movements -- the way he glides around a scene, composing and recomposing the human figures within it to suggest psychological patterns and unacknowledged erotic connections -- still has the power to amaze.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Long before the he put Monica Vitti through the existentialist-ennui wringer, Michelangelo Antonioni gave the world this muted melodrama about urban females dealing with boorish men, banal modern life and the occasional suicide attempt.

June 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An unexpected treasure.

June 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A very minor early work from Michelangelo Antonioni.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Fortunately, relief for the navel-gazing conversations comes in the actual film craft -- photography, production design, music, control of pace and tone -- which reveals Antonioni's blossoming mastery.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Lovers of the great Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni have cause to rejoice with this new-print revival of his best pre-L'avventura feature.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

plays like the haunting island-search centerpiece in L'Avventura in gestation

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

An Antonioni film will frequently pose a riddle, and then never answer it; here the mystery of why Rosetta tries to kill herself becomes a pretense for the rest of the film.

June 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Without relying too heavily upon plot or story development, Antonioni delves deep beneath the exteriors of his characters to explore their mental makeup.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Antonioni does a strong job deftly directing the intense multi-layered psychological melodrama.

April 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Le Amiche

Based on Cesare Pavese's novella, this film examines the complex interplay and emotional intensity of relations between a bourgeois group of women. The pervasive cynicism within the novella is concentrated in Momina's character. The film also emphasizes the burgeoning and evolving role of the independent woman. This early work shows the development of Antonioni's unique framing and narration methods, particularly in the beach scene. It's rare to have an ensemble cast deliver such strong performances!
April 17, 2010
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