It's Darkest Just Before the Curtain

Michelangelo Antonioni's gift to the world: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, and Monica Vitti in bad moods. In a classic of epically Italian proportions, these thespian geniuses are condemned to confusion, drunken wandering, and posession of just enough depth to wonder what's wrong with their lives. Overall, the world of 1961 upper-class intellectual existential lovelessness makes audiences feel good, if they don't identify with the characters, or bad, if they do. Not the feel-good jam of the summer by any stretch of the imagination, just a brilliant, beautiful film.
Tue., April 7, 6:30 p.m., 2009

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