La Notte
La Notte (1961)

La Notte is another of Michelangelo Antonioni's cinematic interrupted journeys. Just as no one solved the central mystery in Antonioni's L'Avventura, neither does anyone truly enjoy the literary party that is La Notte's… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

It's impossible to discern the relevance of this kind of film-making, which is doubtless why nobody (including Antonioni) practises it any more.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

one of the truly great achievements in Modern art.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Stylistically, La Notte intrigues but, in the realm of ideas, I think the movie begins to plod and drag halfway through

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Too sensitive and subtle for apt description are his pictorial fashionings of a social atmosphere, a rarefied intellectual climate, a psychologically stultifying milieu...Even boredom is made interesting by him.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Pay closest attention when the least seems to be happening, and you never know what you'll notice.

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Anton Bitel

For all the sublimity of its craft, La Notte will leave most viewers feeling no less bored than its ennui-afflicted characters.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Whatever one's occasional misgivings, this feature comes from what is widely considered to be Antonioni's richest period, and evidence of his stunning mastery is available throughout.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

The substance of La Notte is owed entirely to Antonioni's intoxicating ambiance, and his stars' ability to speak in looks and gestures more than words.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Everything seemed as superficial as the main characters.

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Aj V
Mastroianni plays an author who is having problems with his wife, but they have to go to this party, will they solve their differences tonight or will they… More
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Lidia (reading): When I awoke this morning, you were still asleep. As I awoke, I heard your gentle breathing. I saw your closed eyes beneath wisps of stray… More
Elvira B
I have a privilege. Usually, the objection against Michelangelo Antonioni's work is that it's boring, or too slow, or just plain not entertaining.… More
Eric Broome
When a film *opens* with a hospital visit to a dying friend, you already know this won't be a high-energy plot. But if you were expecting one, you probably… More
Stefanie C
this is a beautifully shot film. the framing alone artistically supports the separateness felt by this couple.
John Ballantine
La Notte is like a dream state with a married couple wandering through their emotions through the events of one particular evening which leaves them in a bitter… More