L'Eclisse (1962)

In this challenging drama by Michelangelo Antonioni, his characteristic long, significant periods of silence punctuate the message that people just cannot seem to communicate with each other. Capping off Antonioni's previous two films… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Vitti once again proves an ideal performer for Antonioni's thematics in what is probably her best role to date.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

...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.

Eric Melin

Two hours of space between people and space between objects and people,

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Time Out

Anyone disenchanted with the vacuity of later Antonioni will find the seeds of their dissatisfaction well-rooted in the mannerism and facile anguish evident here.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Though [its] initial shock may have faded, [L'eclisse] remains a testament to the great, unexpected leaps a movie can take.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

All there is to the drama -- a prolonged detailed illustration of the moody surrender of the woman to a rare and elusive love. This takes, for its full illumination, a few minutes over two hours.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(Vittoria) desires... something, and the inability to articulate her need only heightens the desperation to fulfill it.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Seeing Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Eclisse (a.k.a. "Eclipse") a second time has convinced me that it's the director's best film, and therefore the best Italian movie ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Monad. I just wanted to say monad.
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<b>The Eclipse</b><p>Okay, after reading my flixster buddies' comments about <i>L'Elisse</i>, I feel as if I must… More
Elvira B
It's useless to try to describe it. You just <i> have </i> to watch it. A classic of Italian cinema, about mediocrity, and being lost, and… More
Michael Gildea
There were certain aspects of this movie that left me absolutely floored. Antonioni's composition (because every frame in this movie is a beautiful… More
Stella Dallas
the bored and the beautiful. stunning film, especially the uncompromising ending. get your existential angst here. i liked this more than l'avventura… More
Ivan Descartin
Deemed by Martin Scorsese as the 'boldest' film in Michelangelo Antonioni's trilogy of emotional isolation (the other two films being… More