Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (1955).
Excavated from the deep '50s, Antonioni's fifth feature, based on a novella by Cesar Pavese, is an unexpected treasure. This detached look at life among the rich and vapid anticipated L'avventura by five years; it was with Le Amiche that Antonioni found his métier (modern art galleries, fashion shows) and his dramatic meat (enigmatic emptiness, self-annihilating ennui).
Wed., June 23, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 & 10 p.m.; Thu., June 24, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 & 10 p.m., 2010