La notte (1961)

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La notte is the second and probably the most significant part of the trilogy including L’avventura (1960) and L’eclisse (1962). ,,Someone once said that words, more than anything else, serve to hide our thoughts”, Antonioni declared in an interview while making the movie. Giovanni (Marcello Mastroianni), Lidia (Jeanne Moreau) and Valentina (Monica Vitti) are the central characters of the film. At first, Valentina seems a positive person when compared to the pessimistic couple Giovanni and Lidia. In fact, after a deep analysis you will understand that Valentina is meaner than initially believed and more introverted. Her play with the compact and the tape-recorded observations are evidence of the lack of psychological health. Jeanne Moreau is just amazing playing Lidia: as Truffaut observed, ,,Antonioni had exploited the ‘Bette Davis’ side of J.M. – the sullen face, she never laughed”. The extended scene in which Lidia walks the streets of Milan and encounters two young men fighting while others watch, brings up lots of questions of uncertainty with regard to herself. La notte is different than the other two films in the trilogy, also due to its unusual ending that you’ll need to discover.

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