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LA NOTTE [THE NIGHT] (Masters of Cinema) (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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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!
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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a stunning film, one of Antonioni's finest, and a great transfer. recommend to anyone a fan of 60s cinema, modernist art, or great films in general.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best 1960s films anyway, presented here in SPLENDID HD QUALITY. What else can I add? A MUST for (serious) film lovers.Published 6 months ago by Michael Siegel
Interesting but fast forwarded
Love the atmosphere as a piece of history
Loved the style and design
Challenging and emotionally muted on 1st viewing, I still found this largely a very interesting portrait of a bourgeois marriage crumbling, observed during one afternoon and... Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by K. Gordon
One of my favourites Antonioni's movies. Great image quality. Great to see it in HD. A must to have !Published on 4 Jan. 2014 by Enzo Piccinato
That is a quote by my favourite sci fi writer Philip K. Dick and so far for an introduction however this is what the film is about. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by starlightspacelab