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The Vintage Guide To London | December 14, 2017

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Watch L'Eclisse in cinemas across London

Watch L’Eclisse in cinemas across London

A  new digital restoration of Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni’s languorous, beguiling L’Eclisse, will return to cinemas on 28 August.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962, it was the final film in Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’Avventura and La Notte), a series of films that redefined the concept of narrative cinema.

Filmed in sumptuous black and white, and featuring stunning performances from two 60s icons, it tells the story of Vittoria (Monica Vitti), a young woman who leaves her older lover (Francisco Rabal), then drifts into a relationship with a confident, ambitious young stockbroker (Alain Delon).

But this base narrative is the starting point for much, much more, including an analysis of the city as a place of estrangement and alienation. Using the architecture of Rome – old and new – as a backdrop for this doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of forming true connections amidst the meaninglessness of the modern world.

Antonioni’s modernist classic, showcases the director’s relationship with fashion, design and architecture, from ongoing collaborations with certain designers, through to the importance of ‘dressing’ his characters with the use of texture, colour and design to ‘fashion’ both the inner and outer worlds of the film.

Showtimes:

Clapham Picturehouse

  • Sun 27 September 2015

Electric Cinema

  • Sun 9 August 2015

BFI Southbank

  • Fri 28 August – Thu 10 September 2015

Cine Lumiere

  • Sat 12 – Wed 16 September 2015

Greenwich Picturehouse

  • Sun 27 September 2015

Curzon Bloomsbury

  • Fri 28 August – Thu 3 September 2015

Hackney Picturehouse

  • Sun 27 September 2015

JW3

  • Fri 18 – Sun 20 September 2015
    Excluding 19th

Regent Street Cinema

  • Sun 13 September 2015