L’Eclisse

L’Eclisse

With a simple narrative structure - a young woman (Monica Vitti) leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and tentatively explores the beginnings of an affair with another (Alain Delon) – L’Eclisse is a meditation on the possibilities of love in the modern age. Whilst Antonioni’s vision can be bleak and uncompromising, his images pulse with energy and beauty. All around the doomed affair of the young couple, life goes on with equal parts of hope, vitality, loss and despair.

Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival (1962)

Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

L’Eclisse

  • Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Year: 1962
  • Run Time: 126 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: Italy/France
  • Rating: R