Publisher: Umbrella Entertainment Run time: 115mins Year: 1961 Release date: RRP:$ 29.99$ 19.99
Following his masterpiece, L'Avventura, Michelangelo Antonioni (The
Passenger, Blow-Up) confirmed his rank as Italy’s master auteur with
this compelling portrait of marital dissolution in upper-class Milan.
Marcello Matroianni (La Dolce Vita, 81/2) brilliantly plays Giovanni, a
successful novelist who wanders lost and bored between book launches
and bouts of promiscuity, the meaningless magnified as industrialized
Milan multiplies around him.
His wife Lidia, played with morose
indifference by Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim), coldly accepts her
husband's infidelity, questioning her commitment to her marriage, and
her life. The couple drifts apart in the course of a day and night,
their fleeting conversations barely registering with other.
Mastroianni tries to seduce a beautiful young woman - played by Monica
Vitti (L’Avventurra, The Red Desert) - at a party for the rich and
famous, leading him to ponder the true depth of his love for his wife.