L'Eclisse (1962)

Monica Vitti leaves her much-older lover Francisco Rabal in favor of arrogant young stockbroker Alain Delon. All they have in common is sex, but they make an effort to sustain the relationship on an intellectual level. The action--or lack… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
DVD 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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Tara Brady
Irish Times

There is intellectual rigour, cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo's discombobulating use of angles and aspect and that superb no-show last scene.

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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.

David Jenkins
Little White Lies

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

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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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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Monad. I just wanted to say monad.
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
Carlos Magalh„es
The boldest film of Antonioni's informal trilogy in terms of language, since he makes choices that would objectively be considered wrong but couldn't… More
Lanning : )
<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