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La notte

Italian poster
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced by Emanuele Cassuto
Written by Michelangelo Antonioni
Ennio Flaiano
Tonino Guerra
Starring Marcello Mastroianni
Jeanne Moreau
Monica Vitti
Bernhard Wicki
Music by Giorgio Gaslini
Cinematography Gianni Di Venanzo
Editing by Eraldo Da Roma
Distributed by Lopert Pictures Corporation (USA)
Release date(s) Italy January 24, 1961
United States February 19, 1962
Running time 122 min
Country Italy / France
Language Italian
Preceded by L'avventura
Followed by L'eclisse

La Notte (The Night) is a 1961 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. It is considered the central film of a trilogy beginning with L'avventura and ending with L'eclisse. The film won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival, and critically acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick listed it as one of Top 10 favorite films.[1]

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Plot

La Notte follows a day in the life of a middle-aged, married couple based in Milan. Giovanni (Marcello Mastroianni) is a distinguished, successful writer and Lidia (Jeanne Moreau) is his wife.

They visit their dying friend Tommaso (Bernhard Wicki) in the hospital, where a sick and uninhibited young woman attempts to seduce Giovanni, before attending a party to celebrate Giovanni’s most recent book, which has been well received. Lidia sneaks off, still shaken by Tommaso’s dire condition, and wanders the streets of Milan. She ends up in the neighbourhood where she and Giovanni lived as newlyweds and seems content for a moment. Giovanni picks Lidia up from the old neighbourhood, they return to their chic apartment and decide to go to a nightclub to break up the monotony. There they watch a mesmerising performance and make small talk. To Giovanni’s surprise, Lidia suggests that they leave the club and attend a swanky party thrown by a millionaire businessman who wants Giovanni to write a book about the history of his company.

At the party, Giovanni socialises with the guests and appears to be in his element, while Lidia walks around in a state of boredom. Eventually, Giovanni romances Valentina (Monica Vitti) the lively, charming daughter of the host. Briefly, Lidia leaves with a young man who has been observing her all night, after calling the hospital and learning that Tommaso has died. Both couples are aware of what the other is up to and while Giovanni seems slightly displeased with Lidia’s behaviour, Lidia almost seems to encourage Giovanni’s flirtation with Valentina. When morning comes, Lidia admits to Giovanni that she wants to die because she is no longer in love with him but Giovanni reassures her that they are in love and can make their marriage work.

La Notte ends with Lydia reading out a love letter that Giovanni wrote to her just before they got married, which he does not remember.

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