“I no longer have ideas, only memories.”
Antonioni extracted meaning of abstraction. Solipsistic in his approach, he rendered objects, space, and buildings as extensions of the inner psychological states of his characters. He was a literal symbolist, and his imagery was absolute. Antonioni often lamented overly intellectual readings of his films, encouraging a more instinctive approach to engage with his films.
La Notte, the middle child of the alienation trilogy, is a poignant formalist masterwork that charts the emotional despondence and interior degradation of a failing loveless marriage, externalized in the prosaic modernist architecture of 1960s Milan.
After visiting a dying friend in the hospital, which incites an existential awakening, Giovanni and Lidia begin to recognize the lovelessness of their…