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introduced by Luc Sante

(1955, Michelangelo Antonioni) Literally, “The Girlfriends.” Aristocratic Eleanora Rossi-Drago returns to Torino to open a branch of a Roman fashion salon, as buttinsky Yvonne Furneaux introduces her into the local social circle: recently-married artist Valentina Cortese (Day for Night); failed painter Gabriele Ferzetti (L’Avventura); frivolous Annamaria Pancani; mutual friend Francisco Fabrizi; and suicidal Madeleine Fischer. Antonioni’s first critical hit, Silver Lion winner at the Venice, is a marvel of fluid, riveting storytelling, his long takes and constantly moving camera observing both intimate confrontations and his complicated staging of large groups — with a muted train station climax highlighting the great Gianni di Venanzo’s striking b&w photography. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata with funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation. A Film Desk Release. Approx. 104 min. 35mm.


Introduced by regular NYRB contributor Luc Sante, author of Low Life, Evidence, and Folk Photography. This is our second event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books. Le Amiche is based on the Cesare Pavese story "Tra Donne Sole," ("Among Women Only") included in the NYRB edition of The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese, which will be on sale at our concession.



“One of Antonioni’s greatest films… His intensity and vivid portrayal of feminine anxiety make for a film that has barely dated at all.” 
– David Thompson