A Night Full of Rain

A Night Full of Rain gleefully pits communism against feminism in the form of a doomed couple (played by Wertmüller favorite Giancarlo Giannini and a stunning Candice Bergen), as seen from the perspective of the “friends” – a Greek chorus of judgmental spectators. This claustrophobic portrait of a couple swings between the past and present, as husband and wife engage in a night-long marital drama set to the tune of torrential downpours and TV news of apocalyptic levels of atmospheric pollution. Alternately titled The End of the World in our Usual Bed in a Night Full of Rain, this first-English language effort from Wertmüller is perhaps her most bizarre, high concept film – but also one that rewards – both with enrapturing, formally ambitious cinematography, and its much needed interrogation of the concept of “communist chic.” Not to be missed.

Dir. Lina Wertmüller, 1978, digital presentation, 104 min.

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