Antonioni's definitive film is an uncompromising and moody exploration of alienation, ennui and the 'atomic age' starring Alain Delon and Monica Vitti.
An unflinching yet poetic examination of the spaces, places and temporalities of modernity, Antonioni's actors and characters are ultimately abandoned as the vehicle for presenting his truly contemporary vision (epitomised by the remarkable depopulated final sequence).
Startling on first release, even after the bold experimentation of L'avventura
and La notte
, this film occupies a crucial position in postwar European cinema.
With Francisco Rabal. 35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute.