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.
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.
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. It is about a couple who are not interested in eachother anymore and seek love elsewhere but face difficulties to seperate eachother anyhow. For me off course Monica Vitti is the true star. She shines. As in all her roles in Antonioni's movies. Everytime she pops up on the screen my heart skips a beat or i am out of breath. My most favourite Italian actress ever. She should have been given the leading role in my humble opinion but hey that is just nagging a bit. This film is as nearly everything by Antonioni highly recommended however my favourites are off course and here i go again the ones with Monica Vitti.