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Le amiche Reviews

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½ May 29, 2016
good 'art house' drama
April 28, 2016
Michelangelo Antonioni gave the world this muted melodrama about urban females dealing with boorish men, banal modern life and the occasional suicide attempt.
½ April 18, 2015
Antonioni's 1950's films adhere more consistently to narrative conventions than his films of the 60's; however, Le Amiche's plot still tends to wander. We are led to identify with Clelia, who is visiting Turin from Rome in order to set up a dressmaker's salon. In Turin, she falls in with a group of women after discovering a failed suicide in an adjacent hotel room. Antonioni then demonstrates, through a variety of social situations, just how bitchy and alienating this social circle is to those within it. Even the woman who attempted suicide readily betrays one of her friends by having an affair with her husband (later to appear as Sandro in L'Avventura, a film that builds on and extends the themes here). But the husband is too self-concerned to be able to see how his actions will affect either of the women (wife and friend) with whom he becomes involved. Antonioni's attention to the various characters fluctuates but none gain too much depth, apart from Clelia who seems sympathetic but ultimately ambivalent toward these new "friends" in Turin. As he would continue to do throughout his career, Antonioni depicts the idle rich as pursuing lives of meaninglessness and cruelty; as a film, Le Amiche represents one more step on the road toward the exciting levels of abstraction he would achieve later on to convey this theme.
August 10, 2014
Le amiche is screening at the Locarno Film Festival as part of their epic Titanus retrospective. Known for his clinical studies of alienation, this moving, intricate melodrama shows a different side of the great Michelangelo Antonioni.
August 9, 2014
Excellent, thought-provoking film
July 30, 2011
Lesser Antonioni, but has some lovely sequences that hint at things to come later in his career.
½ May 26, 2011
Soapy early Antonioni film doesn't really go anywhere or say very much.
½ February 20, 2011
Hugely enjoyable account of gender politics in 1950s Italy. As the plot progresses its fascinating to see how the characters develop. The period detail is intoxicating. Antonioni gets you really involved by useing long takes and moving the camera all the time. Good as it was to see a one off cinema screening, the enjoyment was compromised by a widescreen projection of the 1.37 print , chopping heads etc. of the characters.
½ August 25, 2010
Like an Antonioni movie... yeah, I went there. It's actually one of his better ones. It's a character study that is compelling because it raises the stakes of material that in other hands would be just soap opera fodder. There is some of that here, but there's also really strong performances and writing that knocks it far away. And how Antonioni cuts or stages scenes is usually very interesting.
Super Reviewer
½ April 17, 2010
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!
December 11, 2009
Sicherlich der Kunstvollste unter Antonionis frühen Filmen, dennoch immer noch Ausdruck einer Suchbewegung. Zwar sucht er durch den Verzicht auf eine eindeutige Hauptfigur und die Aufsplitterung der Narration auf gleich 8 gleichberechtigte Protagonistinnen die Geradlinigkeit der Erzählung au?er Kraft zu setzen, stellenweise führt das aber gerade zu einem Zuviel an Plot statt zu dem unter Strom gestellten Insichruhen der Nullplots von Antonionis Meisterwerken. Zudem kann er das Melodramatische, das er später so meisterhaft auf den Nullpunkt herunterkühlt, hier noch nicht vollständig hinter sich lassen. Diese Kritikpunkte bedeuten freilich lediglich, dass hier ein ganz gro?er Kinomeister noch nicht völlig bei sich selbst angekommen ist - ansonsten ist LE AMICHE ein in jeder Hinsicht gelungener und wunderbarer Film.
October 24, 2009
Much better than its beginning or any trailer could suggest. Sort of like a bunch of caricatures running around, but can't deny that it's got some surprising heart to it.
½ April 11, 2009
The original Sex and the City. Adult girlfriends live in the city of Turin and explore relationships. This is a great old film for ladies in the 50s, and to me is a precursor to the show Sex and the City. This is undeniably though, a much deeper exploration than the simple
½ July 28, 2008
before Almodovar, I think Antonioni knows women the best. his gaze of women are unqiue and focus. this film represent the idea about freedom of love in a women circus. those 4 charactor are the model of the different type on the model women. sure sexy and the city got a lots of idea from this piece
½ July 28, 2008
Static camera and minimal cuts. Today, this is virtually extinct, but here we see a picture that is driven on the people and their interactions. I really enjoy the openness of this ending. It makes us decide for ourselves rather then the picture making the decision for us. A huge precursor to many of Antonioni's future pictures, very well done.
½ June 30, 2008
We might influence each other like that, quite possibly! :)
½ June 29, 2008
Excellent italian chick flick noir
½ January 26, 2008
Felliny and bergman and godard talk about women before, even almodvar, every one with his vision, but what about this early antonioni movie?, I think it's very important to understand antonioni cinema to see this one . I regommend it strongly as a start with antonioni.
½ October 20, 2007
This film will definitely be enjoyable for anyone familiar with Italian cinema of the 1940s-1970s. The same can obviously be said for Antonioni fans. I was very surprised with it. It doesn't have the sheer brilliance and revolutionary qualities of Antonioni's early 60's films, but it has its own appeal. It's pretty obvious to me that Antonioni was fairly influenced by neorealism at this point. The film seems like a neorealist picture for the upper classes. It has the same stark images (although more polished, better framed, and of a different nature), plethora of locations, and lack of scoring one often finds in neorealist films. It's like a bridge to Antonioni's later waorks. At times one wonders how he could have done grown into the director he became based off his work here, but at other pints it seems painfully obvious that no one but Antonioni could have made this piece. It's incredibly cynical and bleak, but somehow less so than films before it and after it (think Bicycle Thief and L'Avventura; there is no hope in either, where here one at least has the possibility of hope until the end). Great work by a great director.
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