L’Eclisse – the stylish and hauntingly lonely Italian drama!

L’Eclisse – Finally getting around to writing about this lovely film that I managed to watch on the big screen more than a month ago. I loved it completely!

I had watched it once before at a friend’s place about 7-8 years ago. But I remember not enjoying it at all then! I am sure a lot has changed since then, though not sure specifically what that made me enjoy it so much this time.

Still strangely enough when I saw that it was going to be shown at my local film theatre it made me want to watch it again and risk not enjoying it again.

This time I absolutely loved the stylish black and white shots, the sensuousness of the lead female (Monica Vitti), the charm of the lead male (Alain Delon), the sense of being alone but liberated in the scenes involving walking slowly on almost deserted streets and pathways (there were many!) and the frenzy of the stock exchange. How I wish I had an apartment in Rome by a street dotted with trees that I could walk along at night!

Yet the film is more than that. It also captures the strange melancholy and emptiness of modern lives where it is easier to connect to things than to people as shown by Delon’s character’s attachment to his car exceeding that to his romantic interest, Vitti’s mother’s concern for her financial loss overshadowing the presence of her daughter, the neighbour’s pride in her African life and belongings well surpassing her opinion of native people.

Also, I am sure anyone who has ever written about the film has written about the final few minutes. They were simply beautiful. A series of shots from different perspective – for example running water, setting sun, change of scene at bus stop etc, just highlighting time and life passing by very quickly or very slowly, depending on how you look at it.

I think I have said enough – if you have not seen the film then please do if you get the opportunity. However, I do think it is best enjoyed on the big screen as too many details get lost on the small screen.

Also it has now got me thinking about watching other Michelangelo Antonioni’s films 🙂