Regent Street Cinema Presents: L'Eclisse
Black and white and bloody beautiful
Take a step into British cinematic history at the Regent Street Cinema. Britain's oldest cinema, it was the first place in the country to ever show moving pictures. It kickstarted British cinema with a screening of Cinematographe in 1986. Now, you can catch a special screening of Antonioni's classic, L'Eclisse there. Filmed in sumptuous black and white, and full of scenes of lush, strange beauty, it tells the story of Vittoria (the beautiful Monica Vitti, Antonioni’s partner at the time), a young woman who leaves her older lover, then drifts into a relationship with a confident, ambitious young stockbroker. 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. This is important cinema. "Vitti once again proves an ideal performer for Antonioni's thematics in what is probably her best role to date." – Variety "Vittoria desires... something, and the inability to articulate her need only heightens the desperation to fulfill it." – Movie Metropolis Certificate: PG. Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes.
"It's the director's best film, and therefore the best Italian movie ever made."