Quick-Thoughts: Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse (1962)

Michelangelo Antonioni Marathon Part III of V

Okay, Vittoria kinda deserved this existential crisis after her blackface incident. Serves her right.

Does loss of material bring us back to an emotional state? Do we become sympathetic humans again, only when we are woken up by the sheer fact of failure? Has love only become a sort of “plan B” to our species rather than an “A” in our search for greed? For me, L’Eclisse attempts to capture this grain of atmosphere just a BIT too tediously to be completely perfect, bogging down the pacing of the movie at times; it does, however, give us a more than crystal clear picture of what Antonioni is trying to paint: a world continuously escalating in wealth concerns yet dwindling in human connection, between family, friends, lovers, foes, you name it. We’re becoming less of life and more of the inanimate. 

Verdict: A-

Michelangelo Antonioni Ranked

“L’Eclisse” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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