La Notte (1961)

Toward the end of the film, there is an almost-confrontation with Valentina (Monica Vitti), who has just been seen kissing Giovanni, and Lidia (Jeanne Moreau), Giovanni’s wife. In a more conventional film the wife would have confronted the other woman. But nothing happens – or at least (and to my relief) they don’t fight over…

Jeanne Moreau: A Real Woman

When I think of Jeanne Moreau, I always think of her in La Notte in a black spaghetti-strap dress, chin down, eyeing Marcello Mastroianni carefully with her terrifying eyes. In French and Italian, from Antonioni to Malle, she delivers and seduces, even when you’re not sure whether to trust her. This month, the Jacob Burns…