Friday, June 11, 2010

Restoration For Antonioni's "Le Amiche"

Director Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1955 feature "Le Amiche" ("The Girlfriends") has been restored by Cineteca di Bologna.

The Italian drama is currently screening in key cities across North America courtesy new distributors The Film Desk.

Lensed in black-and-white, "Le Amiche" is adapted from author Cesare Pavese's 1949 novella "Tra donne sole" focusing on Rome-based fashion courtier 'Clelia' (Eleonora Rossi Drago), who leaves the city to work at a boutique in Torino.

Antonioni wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Suso Cecchi d'Amico and Alba De Cespedes, shooting the film on location for the Trionfalcine production company, who distributed the film in Italy through Titanus, without securing a proper North American release at the time.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Le Amiche"...