Le amiche / The Girlfriends (1955) Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
Unlike most of Antonioni’s films, which he wrote himself, Le Amiche (the title translates roughly as The Girlfriends) was adapted from a literary work, Cesare Pavese’s novella Among Women Only. It provides a clear identification figure in Clelia (Eleonora Rossi Drago), a woman of about 30 who returns to Turin, after years in Rome, to open a boutique. The building is still under construction, and Clelia finds herself at once attracted to and somewhat put off by Carlo (Ettore Manni), the architect’s assistant who reminds her of the working-class background she’s worked hard to leave behind. But Le Amiche’s most cutting social observations stem from a group of wealthy, indolent women, who Clelia meets by chance when one of them, Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer), attempts suicide in the hotel room next to hers. Quickly befriended by Momina (Yvonne Furneaux), the clear alpha female, Clelia gets drawn into a world that seems increasingly callous and meaningless, leaving her uncertain of where she belongs.

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:46:02 | 40.9 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi
Country: Italy

• New conversation with scholars David Forgacs and Karen Pinkus on the film’s themes (27:03)
• New interview with scholar Eugenia Paulicelli on the importance of fashion in Antonioni’s work (22:25)

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