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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 (L'avventura and La Notte) in much the same style, this tale involves a woman, Vittoria (Monica Vitti), who has just suffered the break-up of an imperfect relationship with a staunch intellectual (Francisco Rabal). Piero (Alain Delon), a stockbroker, casts his romantic gaze in Vittoria's direction and the woman gradually relents and they begin a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Vitti once again proves an ideal performer for Antonioni's thematics in what is probably her best role to date."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"...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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Two hours of space between people and space between objects and people,"
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"The vitality Vitti displays makes her absence deeply felt in the film's infamously ambiguous final scenes."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"One watches -- and, perhaps more importantly, hears -- the modern world through his rendering of emotion, architecture, chaos, boredom, silence, and incommunicability."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Though [its] initial shock may have faded, [L'eclisse] remains a testament to the great, unexpected leaps a movie can take."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Vitti's elegant languor is contrasted with the cacophony of the Rome stock exchange, which is the director's metaphor for the madness of unrestrained capitalism."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Dymanic, inventive look at modern life and love in Rome."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"(Vittoria) desires... something, and the inability to articulate her need only heightens the desperation to fulfill it."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The characters' emotional twilight is unsettlingly conveyed by this piece of celluloid mood music."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Antonioni's love story is much like a sci-fi story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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