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Criterion Collection: L'Eclisse [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: DVD-ROM
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007989Y8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Koeb on 21 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
Antonioni's films are very definitely not everybody's cup of tea. But they are extremely rewarding if you take the time to appreciate their lack of pace, which succeeds in developing dramatic tension. I'd agree with the other review, concerning the relative lack of character development for the part played by Alain Delon in "L'Eclisse". But this remains a truly magnificent cinematic work. And that ending is just totally and utterly unforgettable. One of the most poignant that you will ever see in any film.

Update: 26/08/08. Just watched this yet again. The sort of film one can come back to, time and time again. (So long as one likes the style!) Alain Delon's character possibly lacks real development, perhaps, so as to reflect the superficial environment in which he plys his trade. (A stock exchange.) To call this film "visionary" is an understatement. Years ahead of its time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By starlightspacelab on 18 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
L'eclisse is a very beautiful movie. However i felt it to be a sad story about a woman - played by the sheer beautiful Monica Vitti - who leaves her current lover and falls in love with a man played by the mighty Alain Delon ( his 60's movies are must haves ao Le Samourai, Cercle Rouge etc ). But there still is sadness and a distance between them. She does not want to fall in love that easy again. There are a lot of silent parts in the movie without dialogues and images of the scenery which makes the move even more beautiful. It is like Antonioni is sniffing around at life itself. The couple regularly meet at the same place and near the end of the movie they make a new appointment however none of the two show up and the movie then ends with a serie of images of streets and people and the streets in daylight and the movie ends at dusk with a street lantern when suddenly the magic word FIN appears. So what have we seen ? The third movie in a trilogy after l'Avventura and La Notte with an open ending. Antonioni is one of the greatest Italian filmmakers ever. Suffice to say this is of highest possible recommendation. A beautiful Blu-Ray reissue is on my wishlist.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Room for a View VINE VOICE on 30 May 2008
Format: DVD
The film starts with two people silently orbiting each other as the whirr of an electric fan circulates hot air around a neat suburban apartment. The atmosphere is tense which conveys the possibility of a sleepless night spent amidst the verbal/non-verbal death throes of a doomed relationship. These first few minutes set the scene for the rest of the film - a deep exploration of human relationships, particularly the potential for emotional paralysis and incommunicable feelings of spiritual barrenness. These themes are explored through a myriad of situational compositions and introspective camerawork and, significantly, the character of the young, energetic stockbroker Piero (Delon). For me Peiro plays a key role in this film for he acts as counterpoint to Vittoria's (Vitti) angst ridden conscience. The machinations of the highly charged Roman stock exchange (the winners and losers) displays Peiro's superficial lust for life - the money-making, women with blonde hair, sport cars and luxurious property. Through Piero, Vittoria immerses herself in a frivolous encounter, occasionally interrupted by self doubt and physical withdrawal, but, portentously, proving to be an empty experience: which is skilfully juxtaposed against a sterile suburban landscape consisting of manicured green spaces, modernist architecture and urban conformity. Antonioni's use of anonymous characters, particularly the haunting last ten minutes, usurps the film's principle characters, with a skill that demonstrates that conventional narrative driven by a linear plot can be replaced with metaphorical imagery and a form of mannerism that creates a visual mindscape of intense proportions. This edition comes with an excellent discourse by a French academic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shane Hyde on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Monica Vittileaves a difficult relationship yet with emotional wounds that leave her with feelings she doesn't fully understand and is incapable of communicating. Aimlessly she wanders through the cold modernist architecture of Rome and has a brief affair with an insensitive stock broker played by Alain Delon. Like La Notte and Il Deserto Rosso, this film was made at a time of great uncertainty in Antonioni's life, a point where he doubted many things and this accounts for the suicidal tone of the film. L'Eclisse is a film by a great director but i dont think its amongst his very best, it feels lost and rambling and the suicidal tone can be wearing, but it does contain some extraordinary sequences - the stock exchange, Delon and Vitti in the park. Like L'Avventura, the films investigation of love moves into abstraction and away from character and story in a way that is beautiful, culminating in the finale where the daily progress of the city washes over the human story. It's half masterpiece, half depressing but essential viewing none-the-less.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "rusconx" on 17 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
compelling and beautiful meditation on the frailty of human contact and the inability of of us to truly communicate to each other beyond the veils of everyday reality.Stars alain delon - possibly the most impossiblly beautiful actor of the screen - his enigmatism perfectly mirrors the films own,something captured quite literally in one of the films many startlingly poetic and memorable cinematic images which echoes the influence of early earopean cinema such as jean cocteau. the film is a visual experience - almost somnambulistic in its dreamlike pace and quite subliminal in its effect on the viewers subconscious,drawing us in and evoking in us the strands of time and memory which we have vainly attempted to retain but like the film are transluscent and evasive. The film is like the essence of cinema - chronicling the passage of time with amazing originality - antonionis camera observes the shifting balance of a relationship with a microscope to the actors faces charting the subtle waves of their emotions and the motions of their souls in the lights of their eyes. Antonioni is a master of detail but a catcher of the indefinable - a painter and a poet. the film is about so many things - how love is transient a fire which can taper into darkness , the loss of our time and memory through the hourglass - the impossibility of possesion - the film is a deep and rewarding experience and delon a revalation.
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