Win L’Eclisse on Blu-ray

ON EST 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
AND AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY
& DVD 28 SEPTEMBER 2015

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce that a new digital restoration of Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni’s languorous, beguiling L’Eclisse, available on EST 21 September and released on Blu-ray for the first time (as well as on DVD) 28 September. 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 full of scenes of lush, strange beauty, it tells the story of Vittoria (the beautiful Monica Vitti – L’Avventura, La Notte, Red Desert – Antonioni’s partner at the time), a young woman who leaves her older lover (Francisco Rabal – Viridiana, The Holy Innocents, Goya in Bordeaux), then drifts into a relationship with a confident, ambitious young stockbroker (Alain Delon – Le Samourai, Rocco and his Brothers, Le Cercle Rouge). 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 and an implicit critique of colonialism.

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. The final shot remains one of the greatest endings in cinema. The film features stunning performances from two icons of 60s cinema: the seductive Monica Vitti and the elegant, chiseled Alain Delon.

“Languorous, mysterious and quite fascinating” The Guardian

“Only a large screen can do full justice to the virtuosity of Antonioni’s mise-en-scène; a sense of monumentality is basic to his conception throughout, whether the focal point happens to be a rotating electric fan at dawn, a car with a corpse being hauled from a river, an illuminated streetlamp at dusk, a couple necking on a sofa, or a crowd of screaming speculators.” Jonathan Rosenbaum

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We have 2 copies of the Blu-ray to give away!

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Who has Monica Vitti been married to since 1995?

a) Daniel LaRusso
b) Rene Russo
c) Roberto Russo

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