Festival de Cannes 70: L’Eclisse, 1962

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Written and directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, L’Eclisse continued to stamp the Italian’s talented mark on the evolving world of cinema he was instrumental in. Following on from L’Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961), L’Eclisse comes fresh with the same sort of finesse and film story-telling excellence he was now renowned for. Alain Delon and Monica Vitti (the actress, muse, and icon of the early 60s) have a formidable chemistry onscreen, even if their flourishing romance within the narrative hits certain roadblocks in the later stages. L’Eclisse is a magnificent motion picture, full of poise, under-stated passion, and the natural conversing of characters Antonioni had a deft hand at. Little wonder then that audiences so highly anticipated Antonioni’s features in that classic era of cinema, shining spotlights on Italian society as well as film culture itself. L’Eclisse won him his second Special Jury Prize in 1962, and that Palme d’Or would soon come.

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