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No quite Antonioni's best, but almost!,
This review is from: L'Eclisse [DVD]  (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.