Blu-ray, DVD Release: La Notte

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau confront their alienation from each other in La Notte.

The 1961 film drama La Notte is Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni’s (Beyond the Clouds) follow-up to the epochal L’avventura.

Marcello Mastroianni (Marriage Italian Style) and Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim) star as a novelist and his frustrated wife who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel. Alongside side of them, Antonioni’s muse Monica Vitti (Red Desert) smolders as an industrialist’s tempting daughter.

A psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work filled with moodily sensual cinematography and subtly expressive performances, La Notte is a provocative portrayal of romantic and social deterioration.

Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD contain the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New interview with film critic Adriano Aprà and film historian Carlo Di Carlo
• New interview with professor Giuliana Bruno on the role of architecture in La notte
• Trailer
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and a 1961 article by director Michelangelo Antonioni


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.