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Antonioni’s 1962 L'Eclisse on Blu-ray, DVD and EST in September

15 September 2015

StudioCanal has announced that a new digital restoration of Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni’s languorous, beguiling L'Eclisse will be available on EST (that's Electronic Sell-Though for newcomers to this particular acronym) on 21st September and released on Blu-ray for the first time (as well as on DVD) on 28th 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 featuring stunning performances from two icons of 60s style, it tells the story of Vittoria (Monica Vitti), a young woman who leaves her older lover (Francisco Rabal), then drifts into a relationship with a confident, ambitious young stockbroker (Alain Delon). 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. 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. Antonioni's modernist classic, showcases the director's relationship with fashion, design and architecture, from ongoing collaborations with certain designers, through to the importance of 'dressing' his characters with the use of texture, colour and design to 'fashion' both the inner and outer worlds of the film.

L'Eclisse will be released on UK EST on 21st September 2015 and UK Blu-ray and DVD on 28th September 2015 at the RRP of £22.99 for the Blu-ray edition and £17.99 for the DVD.

Extra feature:

  • Interview with José Moure, an Antonioni biographer