Cinema: Memento Mori

Eclipse. A mess of burnt-out butts. A young man (Francisco Rabal) and a young woman (Monica Vitti) sit looking at them, at what is left of their relationship. ''I tried to make you happy," he says hopelessly, and hopelessly she replies: "You did not succeed." Why not? What was missing in their lives? What do people need in order to be happy? In this gloomy little masterpiece, Michelangelo Antonioni does not try to answer such questions. He simply shows how one young woman tried to answer them—and failed. He tells the story of a luteless Orpheus and a promiscuous Eurydice who...

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