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: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sam Weisberg
Village Voice

Ennui and eroticism make an oddly alluring combo in Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte.

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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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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

For Antonioni, beginnings and endings aren't plot points on a narrative graph; they resonate everywhere, entwined and inseparable.

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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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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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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The romantic conflicts of an intellectual couple in bourgeois Milan come to life in a visually dazzling yet psychologically dislocating pageant of clashing architectural styles.

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Jordan Cronk
Slant Magazine

La Notte remains at once the most bracingly concrete and amorously diffuse of Michelangelo Antonioni's films.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Antonioni makes all the right choices here and with a remarkable sophistication, using many silent passages to slowly draw us to the characters' ennui and… More
Stefanie C
this is a beautifully shot film. the framing alone artistically supports the separateness felt by this couple.
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
Lanning : )
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