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: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Retains a bleak and dreamlike tone that you won't find anywhere else.

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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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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

An exhilarating slow dance of not-quite-colliding bodies.

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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.

Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Ennui and anxiety... pervades Antonioni's groundbreaking 1962 drama.

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Tony Rayns
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.

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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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Returning to his recurrent themes of the desensitising impact of urban life and the hopelessness of love, Antonioni presents his bleakest portrait of the modern age ...

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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