L'Eclisse (1962)
L'Eclisse (1962)
L’Eclisse (1962) StudioCanal

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The Eclipse

Michelangelo Antonioni | Italy | 1962 | PG

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Wed 1 Jun 2022

Michelangelo Antonioni’s definitive film is an uncompromising and moody exploration of alienation, ennui and the 'atomic age'; starring Alain Delon and Monica Vitti in her most iconic role.

L'Eclisse is 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 his truly contemporary vision, as epitomised by its justly famous, haunting final sequence. Startling on first release even after the bold experimentation of L’avventura and La notte, it occupies a pre-eminent place in postwar European cinema.

Format: Black & White, Digital
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Source: Studio Canal
Courtesy: Studio Canal
Runtime: 126 mins

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126 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 1 June


Facing Modernity: A Tribute to Monica Vitti

Modesty Blaise (1966) – Wed 25 May at 7pm
Red Desert (1964) – Wed 25 May at 9.15pm
L’Eclisse (1962) – Wed 1 June at 7pm
Jealousy, Italian Style (1970)– Wed 1 June at 9.15pm

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About the program

Monica Vitti is one of the most iconic performers of European modernist cinema. She is best known for her extraordinary four-film collaboration with lover Michelangelo Antonioni in the early 1960s. The cultural and artistic impact of these four films – which launched her career – has, in the international realm at least, tended to obscure her much longer reign as an almost-unrivalled star of Italian comedy.

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