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)…

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…

The Saragossa Manuscript

The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

The Saragossa Manuscript first published by EyeforFilm “Frasquita told her story to Busqueros, he told it to Lopez Suarez, who in turn told it to Señor Avadoro. It’s enough to drive you crazy.” In fact, as Alfonse van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski) – Captain of the Walloon Guard and hero of The Saragossa Manuscript – tries…

The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes

The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes (2005)

The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes first published by EyeforFilm Ten years after their feature debut with Institute Benjamenta (1995), the brothers Quay have re-emerged from the workshop with The Piano Tuner Of EarthQuakes and although the shadowy monochrome of their first film has given way to murky, bleached-out colours, the twins have lost none of…

Marienbad

Last Year In Marienbad (1961)

Review first published by LWLies Here’s a riddle: if you took the horror out of The Shining (1980) and Triangle (2009), the comedy out of Groundhog Day (1993), the science-fiction out of Inception (2010) and Source Code (2011), or the stop-motion grotesquerie out of The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (2005), what would be left? The answer is Last Year in Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad),…