La Notte

La Notte (The Night) (1961)

La Notte first published by Film4 Summary: In Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte (The Night), a married couple’s crisis reflects the anxieties of modernism in an age of death and oblivion. Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita) stars.   Review: “Whenever I try to communicate, love disappears.”  So confides young Valentina (Monica Vitti) to middle-aged Giovanni Pontano (Marcello Mastroianni)…

Blowup

Blowup (1966), The Shout (1978), Cowboys (1991)

Capsules of Blowup (1966), The Shout (1978), Cowboys (1991) first published in Little White Lies 80, as part of Exhibition: 100 Mould-Breaking British Films Blowup (1966) Modelled in part on a Julio Cortázar short story, and in part on the career of David Bailey, Blowup offers a day in the life of a doubting Thomas…

L'Avventura

L’Avventura (1960)

L’Avventura first published by Film4 Synopsis: When a woman goes missing, the ensuing search brings her fiancé and her best friend together. Michelangelo Antonioni’s breakout film is a modernist classic about the dangers of modernism. Review: In 1960, the Italian New Wave well and truly arrived on foreign shores, thanks to two thematically similar but stylistically different…