1960. Italy. Michelangelo Antonioni. 145 min.
Thursday, September 1, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1960. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra. With Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari. Antonioni's film subverted the very nature of narrative cinema by giving primacy to the middle of the story and excising the end. A woman, part of an intimate group of friends on a yacht, disappears. Her lover and a close friend look for her...and then stop. It is in the careful, considered telling—the camera placement, the precise rhythms—that revelations are made and anomie becomes compelling. In Italian; English subtitles. 145 min.