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La Notte

La Notte (1961)


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La Notte is another of Michelangelo Antonioni's cinematic interrupted journeys. Just as no one solved the central mystery in Antonioni's L'Avventura, neither does anyone truly enjoy the literary party that is La Notte's centerpiece. The party is being thrown to celebrate the publication of author Marcello Mastrioanni's new novel. But before he even reaches the door of the house, Mastrioanni's evening is ruined when his wife Jeanne Moreau announces suddenly she is disgusted with him--this

May 8, 2001

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It's impossible to discern the relevance of this kind of film-making, which is doubtless why nobody (including Antonioni) practises it any more.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Too sensitive and subtle for apt description are his pictorial fashionings of a social atmosphere, a rarefied intellectual climate, a psychologically stultifying milieu...Even boredom is made interesting by him.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Whatever one's occasional misgivings, this feature comes from what is widely considered to be Antonioni's richest period, and evidence of his stunning mastery is available throughout.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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one of the truly great achievements in Modern art.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Pay closest attention when the least seems to be happening, and you never know what you'll notice.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The substance of La Notte is owed entirely to Antonioni's intoxicating ambiance, and his stars' ability to speak in looks and gestures more than words.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Stylistically, La Notte intrigues but, in the realm of ideas, I think the movie begins to plod and drag halfway through

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

For all the sublimity of its craft, La Notte will leave most viewers feeling no less bored than its ennui-afflicted characters.

March 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Everything seemed as superficial as the main characters.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This problematic film serves more as a transition for Antonioni than anything else.

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

Remarkable drama, with rich visuals.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

A beautifully filmed but painfully slow-moving study of dysfunctional relationships courtesy of Antonioni.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

La Notte is a slow and methodical film, like all of Antonioni's work, but La Notte's wandering first act makes it hard to embrace all-out.

April 13, 2003 Full Review Source:

Cold, brutal, lonely; a modern world where the old codes of civilization and behavior no longer have a place.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for La Notte

Mastroianni plays an author who is having problems with his wife, but they have to go to this party, will they solve their differences tonight or will they break up? This is a very interesting movie, it has a familiar theme, but the style is very unique and this movie is very intense, I liked it.
November 23, 2010

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this is a beautifully shot film. the framing alone artistically supports the separateness felt by this couple.
April 18, 2008

Super Reviewer

Lidia (reading): When I awoke this morning, you were still asleep. As I awoke, I heard your gentle breathing. I saw your closed eyes beneath wisps of stray hair, and I was deeply moved. I wanted to cry out, to wake you, but you slept so deeply, so soundly. In the half light your skin glowed with life, so warm and sweet, I wanted to kiss it, but I was afraid to wake you. I was afraid of you awake in my arms again. Instead I wanted something no one could take from me, mine alone, this eternal image of you. Beyond your face I saw a pure, beautiful vision, showing us in the perspective of my whole life, all the years to come, even all the years passed. That was the most miraculous thing: to feel, for the first time, that you had always been mine, that this night would go on forever, united with your warmth, your thought, your will. At that moment I realized how much I loved you, Lidia. I wept with the intensity of the emotion, for I felt that this must never end. We would remain like this all our lives, not only close, but belonging to each other in a way that nothing could ever destroy, except the apathy of habit, the only threat. Then you wakened and, smiling, put your arms around me, kissed me, and I felt there was nothing to fear. We would always be as we were at that moment, bound by stronger ties than time and habit. Giovanni: Who wrote that? Lidia: You did. The night does end, both literally and figuratively. The writer who wrote with such passion of his love, at some time somehwere in the past, has become, like his wife and his marriage, a victim of time and habit, and can no longer recognize his own words of passion. I really don't think this is an indication of the times so much as it is a sadly timeless story about the course of love in some marriages destined to dissolve because of the "apathy of habit."
March 26, 2007

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