Le Amiche (The Girlfriends) (1955): Antonioni

This early work by Michelangelo Antonioni bears the first signs of the revolutionary, cinema-changing style for which he would become famous in several years.

Le amiche (The Girlfriends) is a brilliantly observed, fragmentary depiction of modern bourgeois life, conveyed from the perspective of five women living in Turin.

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, sharply observed take on doomed love and fraught friendship.

Special Edition Features:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation with scholars David Forgacs and Karen Pinkus on the film’s themes
  • New interview with scholar Eugenia Paulicelli on the importance of fashion in Antonioni’s work
  • New English subtitle translation
  • An essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo

Running time: 106 minutes

Black & White

In Italian with English subtitles

1.37:1 aspect ratio


SRP $39.95