Saturday, August 17, 2013

374. La Notte

La Notte
The Night
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Well, that was kind of dull.  Everyone seems to agree that the middle is pretty boring but I wasn't exactly blown away by the beginning and by the end of the movie, I was counting down the seconds.

This is the story of Giovanni and Lidia, a married couple who are slowly drifting apart. Throughout the film, they see other people and slowly realize that they are not right for each other any more.  Of course, this is a depressing Italian film, nothing can be resolved and life will forever be dull and gray.

There is an interesting scene in the film when a mental patient at the hospital the couple is visiting attempts to seduce Giovanni.  The woman who plays Crazy McSlutbag was quite beautiful and a great actress.

There, that is really the only good thing I can say about this.  Usually I like films that explore the boring and unfulfilling side of a rich person's life.  However, this movie just did not do it for me.  I mean, just because you are bored doesn't mean we all have to be.

People that stand in the way of their own happiness are one of my pet peeves so I am giving this film a thumbs down.  However, I can see why this might be some people's cup of tea; maybe I am just not artsy enough.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Referenced in Life of Brian.

Second part of Antonioni's unofficial trilogy.


  1. You really have to be tuned to Antonioni's films to appreciate them. I was starting to get it when I watched this one, but at face value this is pretty dull.

  2. Definitely a dull one, the only appreciable scene was when Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti broke their character: they giggled while hairdrying for no reason, that was cute. :)