Death of the Party: La Notte | Fuguette

From the first scene until the end, La Notte aches with what’s unsaid, and grief impossible to express. The dying Tommaso ends up comforting Giovanni on the tidings his new novel will bring, while Lidia lingers in the background, consumed and paralyzed by her sadness. Tommaso embodies the problems they’re unable to address in their dying relationship. He tells them, “I never thought I’d end my days in such luxury… Soon hospitals will look just like nightclubs.” This metaphorical hospital is the one in which Lidia and Giovanni are trapped, having dressed and surrounded their marriage in artificial glamour. Wherever they go, they’re sleekly morose, so divinely dour.