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  • Directors: Michelangelo ANTONIONI
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AMF8708
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: One of the masterworks of 1960s cinema, La notte [ The Night ] marked yet another development in the continuous stylistic evolution of its director, Michelangelo Antonioni - even as it solidified his reputation as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. La notte is Antonioni s " Twilight of the Gods ", but composed in cinematic terms. Examined from a crane - shot, it s a sprawling study of Italy s upper middle - class; seen in close - up, it s an x - ray of modern man s psychic desolation.

Two of the giants of film - acting come together as a married couple living in crisis: Marcello Mastroianni ( La dolce vita, 8 - ½) and Jeanne Moreau ( Jules et Jim, Bay of Angels). He is a renowned author and " public intellectual "; she is " the wife ". Over the course of one day and the night into which it inevitably bleeds, the pair will come to re - examine their emotional bonds, and grapple with the question of whether love and communication are even possible in a world built out of profligate idylls and sexual hysteria.

Photographed in rapturous black - and - white by the great Gianni di Venanzo ( 8 - ½, Giulietta degli spiriti), La notte presents the beauty of seduction, then asks: " When did this occur - this seduction of Beauty? " The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Michelangelo Antonioni s haunted odyssey for the first time ever on Blu - ray.

SPECIAL BLU - RAY EDITION:

  • New 1080p presentation of the film in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio with previously censored sequences restored for the first time
  • New and improved English subtitles
  • Original Italian theatrical trailer
  • 56 - page booklet with an essay by film-critic and scholar Brad Stevens, and the transcript of a lengthy Q&A conducted in 1961 with Antonioni upon the film s release.


REVIEWS: " In essence the manner that LA NOTTE addresses everything is a class above the norm and it s certainly considered as Classic World Cinema for the connoisseur. " - AVPLAY.com

" Superb, chilly, spellbinding " - Daily Telegraph

" The camerawork - neo - realism at its height is what makes this great " - Mail On Sunday

" this endlessly suggestive masterpiece has hardly dated at all " - Sight and Sound

" This 1961 film confirmed Antonioni as one of cinemas leading figures... " - Sunday Telegraph

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2012
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Masters of Cinema's UK region-free PAL DVD of Michaelangelo Antonioni's La Notte may not have many extras (just a trailer and a detailed booklet) but it has marvellous picture quality that puts Fox-Lorber's previous US release to shame - it looks like it was shot yesterday, which is just as well since the visuals are so important.

Surprisingly accessible, it's one of the great films about architecture - not just the architecture of a city in transition but the emotional architecture of a relationship in quiet crisis. There's a real attention to the shape of things, with clear, clean lines that people never quite fit in. For much of the film Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau are constantly separated even when sharing the same frame while in some scenes it is hard to tell what is the reflection and what is the real image, consigning characters to a virtual visual limbo, ghosts haunting their own empty lives.

It defines the state of their relationship in much the same way that Anthony Mann's films use the landscape to define character rather than just to create an environment, going further to offer a state of the nation address. Moreau is part of an Italy that's being torn down and discarded: Mastroianni is drifting towards a post-war modernity where conspicuous wealth and angular concrete, steel and glass design create a kind of anonymous gilded inertia where trivia surpasses real heartfelt connection with people or the past. The relationship is in its last gasps, occupying a kind of wasteland awaiting redevelopment: the scene with Moreau dispassionately reading a love letter filled with powerful and passionate emotions that Mastroianni has forgotten he ever had (he doesn't even remember who wrote the letter) is a killer.

Besides, the film comes highly recommended in the end credits of Monty Python's Life of Brian ('If you have enjoyed this film, why not go and see La Notte?'), so you know it's worth it!
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By technoguy VINE VOICE on 12 May 2009
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Second in Antonioni's trilogy of black and white films. This one depicts a married couple Moreau and Mastrianni who cannot communicate, although they cannot separate too. He is a writer, an intellectual, who is exhausted with his life and his writing. When he says to his wife an ill women in hospital kissed him, she merely says he can use it in a novel. We spend a whole day and night in the company of this couple, alone or apart. The film is about alienation and uncertainty. As Valentinna(Vitti) says," When I try to communicate, love goes". Antonioni uses the dynamics of architecture, its verticals, horizontals and diagonals to show the backdrop to a world in transition between the old and new. He shows elements too of the modern world,helicopters, rockets, book openings, house parties. Lidia( Moreau) goes on solitary walks around the streets, talking to a distressed young girl, stopping street fights,looking at young men setting off rockets in a field. Through her reactions we get some sense of her personality. As a couple they turn up at book signings and parties or watch performers dance as if they are onlookers to their own lives. They have no language for their inner lives. They make gestures that go nowhere. They drift in a somnambulistic state. Giovanni attracts a wealthy businessman with his talents but feels he is selling out. His wife has her own source of wealth and is indifferent to his ability. Their relationship is captured by an image of a cat looking at a statue.How can they express their love or lack of it. Lidia is aware of how her husband used to feel. She reminds him by reading one of his letters to her on a golf course next morning. He smothers the truth by groping her in desperation and attempting to make love to her. The film literally ends up with them holed in a bunker.
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By ... TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2015
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A beautiful movie. A photographer's moving camera. A relationship film without the soap-opera emotions.

The story made me think of Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. A married couple, a confession, a walk into the city. It is the woman who walks here. It is the sounds of their journey as much as the architecture that mesmerises the audience. That saxophone is gorgeous.

There is a political dialogue being gently included. Money, the American dollar, independence. And death. A truly mature relationship between a man and a woman. The itch is scratched respectfully. Barely. Not at all.

La Notte is being human. Change is unavoidable. The language is cinema.

No extras on the immaculate disc save for the ability to watch without subtitles. The fifty six page booklet is very interesting to read especially if you wish to know about a particular shot.
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I HOLD THE VIEW THAT MASTROANNI AND MOREAU EXTRACTED THEIR PERFOMANCE OF THE CAREER IN ANTONIONI'S AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE, AND THIS PERFECT EDITION FORCED CRITERION TO SETTLE DOWN THE COPYRIGHT AND RELEASE THE BLURAY EDITION. WELL, COMPETITION IS REALLY IMPORTANT.
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I must say this is a beautiful black and white film. Antonioni made several films in this era which are among the best films ever made. The black and White night photography here is marvellous. I have a criticism of the DVD though: the subtitles switch to the top of the screen a couple of times, which makes it harder to read and watch the film at these points. This doesn't happen often though. Also the booklet is thick but so far I can't find out who the saxophone player at the party was. Otherwise a fine print of a wonderful film.
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