La Notte

La Notte

 Film Retrospective 2018-19: Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

La Notte by Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy, 1961, 122 min.)

with Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul general of Italy in Chicago.

Over the course of twenty-four hours, a marriage gives its last shuddering breath in La Notte, featuring two of the screen's most melancholic beauties, Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni. Feted novelist Giovanni and his discontented wife, Lidia, visit a dying friend in the hospital, an event which severely rattles Lidia. The two spend the rest of their day in parallel worlds, Lidia engrossed in her own dark thoughts, and Giovanni single-mindedly pursuing extramarital romance. There is no hope for reconciliation even at dawn, on the green grass of a golf course, where the film leaves us after a wandering night of jazz club, dance party and mal de vivre…

Michelangelo Antonioni was a cinematic cubist. Fragmenting time and space, the Italian master created a potent new language for storytelling, and in the process charted a topography of modern ennui. But however exquisitely his characters suffer, their search for meaning is real. – Sheri Linde, LA Times

Please note : Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Founded in 1985, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago  is one of five cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the United States. It is located in the heart of Chicago along the Magnificent Mile. The Institute serves as a convenient source for information about Italian life and culture that showcases Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage.The Institute is also home to a school of Italian language and culture, as well as a venue for art exhibitions and film screenings. 


Film Retrospective 2018-2019

Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Vintage cars and jazz music; love stories in black and white; reckless youth, smoke and style, so much style … Our new film series is all about the French New Wave with the films you know and love shown on Saturday afternoons, and weeknight screenings dedicated to the New Wave’s influence around the world and across generations—in the presence of our guest speakers.

Are you ready to be swept away? Here comes La Nouvelle Vague again!

Series curated by Aimée Laberge, and co-curated by Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams