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One of the very best films I ever witnessed
Masterpiece of Antonioni, ending the Incomunicability Romantic Trilogy after L'Avventura and La Notte! Monica Vitti is absolutely wonderful!!!
L'Eclisse (The Eclipse) does not actually feature an eclipse, except poetically. The first of these occurs when Monica Vitti's character hides and reveals the boyfriend she is breaking up with. Atonioni plays a game of light and dark throughout, sometimes visually (at its unfortunate worst, when Vitti is inspired by stories of Kenya to dance around in black face), sometimes through the theme of sudden absence, which can be seen in everything from big losses at the stock market to fleeting looks on Vitti's face when she appears to momentarily fall out of love with Alan Delon's trader. It all culminates in an experimental sequence where the characters disappear from the drama as the film becomes a disquieting tone poem. I respect the director's process a lot here, but like his previous film, L'Avventura, the pace is quite slow, or even when there's a lot of energy on the screen, it feels like everything is happening in real time - the trading floor sequences specifically. Antonioni requires the right frame of mind, but Vitti, at least, is good for any occasion.
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This movie ranks #31 in FilmTV's The Best Italian Films
This movie ranks #63 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #79 in Roy Menarini's Il Grande Cinema Italiano
This movie ranks #110 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #159 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #164 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #252 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #303 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #380 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #426 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #491 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #613 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?