La Notte – DVD review

Sixties cool turns frosty as, over the course of a night, marital discord comes to the surface in lovingly restored 1961 Antonioni film

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Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961

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The cool concrete geometry of Milan’s modernist blocks replaces the romance of Fellini’s Rome a year on from La Dolce Vita in this beautiful 1961 Antonioni film, lovingly restored for its first Blu-ray outing.

Marcello Mastroianni again plays a writer but one who wears success (and even his good looks) with world-weariness while, as his wife, Jeanne Moreau oozes existential ennui. Sixties cool turns frosty as, over the course of a night, marital discord comes slowly to the surface. A treat for those who like their cinema served with an icy chill.

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