LA NOTTE
The Night
1961, Rialto Pictures, 122 min, United States , Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

The middle film in director Michelangelo Antonioni’s acclaimed early-1960s trilogy of alienation puts an upper-class marriage under the microscope as it disintegrates. After successful author Marcello Mastroianni and his wife (Jeanne Moreau) visit a hospital to see a dying friend, they go to a party where each meets a flirtatious guest (Giorgio Negro and Monica Vitti) and is forced to confront the emptiness of their relationship. A Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner (and one of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite films).


MODESTY BLAISE
1966, 20th Century Fox, 119 min, Dir: Joseph Losey

Director Joseph Losey’s brilliant Pop Art spoof stars gorgeous Monica Vitti as jewel thief/spy-for-hire Modesty Blaise, with Mod poster boy Terence Stamp as her catlike Cockney sidekick. Dirk Bogarde co-stars as Modesty’s nemesis, a villain who always seems to have goldfish swimming in his cocktails. And watch out for Mrs. Fothergill (Rosella Falk), who enjoys strangling men with her thighs!


RED DESERT
IL DESERTO ROSSO
1964, Janus Films, 117 min, Italy, France, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Industrial blight has never looked more beautiful than in director Michelangelo Antonioni’s first color film. Monica Vitti stars as Giuliana, a wife and mother living near a petrochemical plant in northern Italy. Though Giuliana feels profoundly alienated, the attentions of her husband’s business associate (Richard Harris) do little to relieve her loneliness. In Italian with English subtitles.


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