The Girlfriends

This strong early feature (1955) by Michelangelo Antonioni, based on a novel by Cesare Pavese, focuses on a woman who returns to her native Turin to open a fashion salon, and on the troubled wealthy young men and women she gets to know. Masterfully directed in Antonioni’s choreographic manner, with strong melancholic undertones. With Eleanora Rossi Drago, Valentina Cortese, Yvonne Furneaux, Madeleine Fischer, and Franco Fabrizi. In Italian with subtitles. 97 min. (JR)

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