LA NOTTE (1961) B/W widescreen 122m dir: Michelangelo Antonioni
w/Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki, Maria Pia Luzi, Rosy Mazzacurati, Guido A. Marsan, Gitt Magrini, Vincenzo Corbella, Giorgio Negro
From Georges Sadoul's Dictionary of Films: "Giovanni (Mastroianni), a novelist who feels himself written out, and his wife, Lidia (Moreau), begin to question their marriage after visiting a dying friend (Wicki). ...
"Part of Antonioni's 'trilogy' with L'Avventura ... and L'Eclisse .... Famous sequences: the visit to the dying man; Lidia's wanderings through Milan and its outskirts; the jaded atmosphere in the nightclub; the guests at the party jumping into the swimming pool; the last sequence on the golf course at dawn.
"Antonioni describes Lidia and Giovanni as, 'A couple in which the woman is more lucid than the man because the female sensibility is a much more precise filter than anyone else's and because the man, in the area of feelings, is always incapable of understanding reality, since he tries to dominate. Male egoism assumes out of self-interest a total abstraction of the woman's personality.'"