Le Amiche

In Le Amiche (Italian for girlfriends), a young woman returns to her hometown of Turin after World War II to set up a fashion salon. The film’s costumes were designed by Zoe, Micol, and Giovanna Fontana, sisters who opened their Rome atelier in 1943 and whose signature costuming in mid-century films gave Rome the nickname “Hollywood on the Tiber.” Here, the costumes create an impeccably elegant world, from work to the beach. Meanwhile, Antonioni’s cinematic style builds an atmosphere of longing and sympathy as the women balance new roles of life and work. Starring Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, and Franco Fabrizi.

Appears in: Italian Style

Genres: Romance, Melodrama

Other Films by Michelangelo Antonioni

Blow-Up

Antonioni’s landmark film set a new course for the cinema with its stylistic flourishes, jazzy score by Herbie Hancock, and existential probing of the relationship between image, representation, and reality in modern culture. A London fashion photographer (David Hemmings) photographs a woman (Vanessa Redgrave) in a park and later comes to believe that he has

La Notte

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the second film in Antonioni’s existential trilogy, produced between L’Avventura (1960) and L’Eclisse (1962), has undergone a glorious restoration that invites renewed acquaintance. Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, and Jeanne Moreau star in an enigmatic marital drama about modern alienation and ennui. Mastroianni plays an up

L’Avventura

Antonioni’s meditation on meaning in modern existence remains an obligatory experience in existential cinema-going. On a yachting trip off Sicily, a woman (Lea Massari) mysteriously disappears during an excursion on a desolate island. Her lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and her friend (Monica Vitti) begin a search, but during the fruitless quest, each slowly becomes enamored with