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The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’avventura and La notte), L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 24
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Vitti once again proves an ideal performer for Antonioni's thematics in what is probably her best role to date.
Fresh: ...sit back, suppress the subtitles so they don't distract you from the images and let the 125-minute movie suspend and substitute your consciousness like the moon passing in front the sun.
Fresh: The conclusion of Michelangelo Antonioni's loose trilogy (preceded by L'Avventura and La Notte), this 1961 film is conceivably the best in Antonioni's career, but significantly it has the least consequential plot.
Fresh: An exhilarating slow dance of not-quite-colliding bodies.
L'Eclisse: Not To Be Missed
Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Eclisse" (aka "Eclipse") -- part three of his celebrated trilogy ("L'Avventura" and "La Notte" are the first two parts) is a landmark in movie history. Antonioni's peerlessly poetic technique and fresh ideas, coupled with Monica Vitti's sublime performance, place the viewer inside the very consciousness of her character in a way that no other film has ever surpassed and few have equalled. No one who seriously cares about real moviemaking can afford to miss this sublime achievement.