L'Eclisse (1962)


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Monica Vitti leaves her much-older lover Francisco Rabal in favor of arrogant young stockbroker Alain Delon. All they have in common is sex, but they make an effort to sustain the relationship on an intellectual level. The action--or lack of it--is played out in the tempestuous Borsa section of Rome. Eclipse (originally L'Eclisse), Antonioni's follow-up to the equally slow-and-steady L'Aventura, La Notte was the winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes. Unlike the other two above-mentioned films, Eclipse hasn't remained in as high esteem as it was once held.

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Critic Reviews for L'Eclisse

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Retains a bleak and dreamlike tone that you won't find anywhere else.

Aug 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The characters' emotional twilight is unsettlingly conveyed by this piece of celluloid mood music.

Jul 31, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Vitti once again proves an ideal performer for Antonioni's thematics in what is probably her best role to date.

Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…
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Anyone disenchanted with the vacuity of later Antonioni will find the seeds of their dissatisfaction well-rooted in the mannerism and facile anguish evident here.

Jan 26, 2006
Time Out
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All there is to the drama -- a prolonged detailed illustration of the moody surrender of the woman to a rare and elusive love. This takes, for its full illumination, a few minutes over two hours.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

...sit back, suppress the subtitles so they don't distract you from the images and let the 125-minute movie suspend and substitute your consciousness like the moon passing in front the sun.

Apr 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for L'Eclisse

The boldest film of Antonioni's informal trilogy in terms of language, as he makes choices that would normally and objectively be considered wrong but couldn't feel more right here, and he even uses some powerful symbolism to make us share the characters' dissatisfaction.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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It's useless to try to describe it. You just have to watch it. A classic of Italian cinema, about mediocrity, and being lost, and meaninglessness. "Siamo in media". We're in the middle.

Elvira B
Elvira B

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the bored and the beautiful. stunning film, especially the uncompromising ending. get your existential angst here. i liked this more than l'avventura tho i probably need to watch that one again now...

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Monad. I just wanted to say monad.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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