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Journey to Italy Series – Piedmont /Le amiche

Journey to Italy LE AMICHE
Journey to Italy LE AMICHE

Thursday 4 April 2024 at 6.30pm
In Italian with English subtitles

Le amiche
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenplay: Michelangelo Antonioni, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Alba de Céspedes
Cast: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi and Valentina Cortese
Drama/1955/1h 33min/B&W

Le amiche (The Girlfriends) based on Cesare Pavese’s 1949 novella Tra donne sole (lit. “Only among women” )is a brilliantly observed, fragmentary depiction of modern bourgeois life, conveyed from the perspective of five Turinese women. As four of the friends try to make sense of the suicide attempt of the fifth, they find themselves examining their own troubled romantic lives. With suggestions of the theme of modern alienation and the fastidious visual abstraction that would define his later masterpieces such as L’avventura, L’eclisse, and Red Desert, Antonioni’s film is a devastating take on doomed love and fraught friendship.

Venice Film Festival: Silver Lyon, 1955

Introduction and post screening discussion with Nick Walker.


Nick Walker has worked in the film industry, wrote film articles for The Guardian, is a film lecturer, programmer and host of film salon events in London and Rochester. Nick has a Master’s Degree in Film Culture.

  • Organizzato da: ICI London
  • In collaborazione con: Nick Walker