Saturday, 12 February 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 44: Sunday Feb 13, 2011

La Notte: Barbican Centre, 1.30pm

The Barbican are running a Directorspective on Michelangelo Antonioni consisting of films which have inspired theatre director Ivo van Hove’s Antonioni Project at the arts centre. This 1961 film is a treatise on bourgeois alienation centred on 24 hours in the deteriorating middle-class marriage of Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau. 

As such it's crammed with archetypal Antonioni tropes, parts of which left me frustrated and parts of which had me gazing at the screen in wonder. If you imagine you would enjoy this and haven't seen this early work by the Italian maestro then I can heartily recommend it. Here is the trailer.

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