La Notte
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La Notte is another of Michelangelo Antonioni's cinematic interrupted journeys. Just as no one solved the central mystery in Antonioni's L'Avventura, neither does anyone truly enjoy the literary party that is La Notte's centerpiece. The party is being thrown to celebrate the publication of author Marcello Mastrioanni's new novel. But before he even reaches the door of the house, Mastrioanni's evening is ruined when his wife Jeanne Moreau announces suddenly she is disgusted with him--this reaction evidently triggered by an earlier visit to a dying friend. Moreau skips… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's impossible to discern the relevance of this kind of film-making, which is doubtless why nobody (including Antonioni) practises it any more."
‑ , Time Out
"one of the truly great achievements in Modern art."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Stylistically, La Notte intrigues but, in the realm of ideas, I think the movie begins to plod and drag halfway through"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"This problematic film serves more as a transition for Antonioni than anything else."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"La Notte is a slow and methodical film, like all of Antonioni's work, but La Notte's wandering first act makes it hard to embrace all-out."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Too sensitive and subtle for apt description are his pictorial fashionings of a social atmosphere, a rarefied intellectual climate, a psychologically stultifying milieu...Even boredom is made interesting by him."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Pay closest attention when the least seems to be happening, and you never know what you'll notice."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"For all the sublimity of its craft, La Notte will leave most viewers feeling no less bored than its ennui-afflicted characters."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Remarkable drama, with rich visuals."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Cold, brutal, lonely; a modern world where the old codes of civilization and behavior no longer have a place."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Examiner
"Whatever one's occasional misgivings, this feature comes from what is widely considered to be Antonioni's richest period, and evidence of his stunning mastery is available throughout."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The substance of La Notte is owed entirely to Antonioni's intoxicating ambiance, and his stars' ability to speak in looks and gestures more than words."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Everything seemed as superficial as the main characters."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A beautifully filmed but painfully slow-moving study of dysfunctional relationships courtesy of Antonioni."
‑ , Film4
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