Todd Haynes said that Cate Blanchett
reminded him of Monica Vitti (in the role of Vittoria) in
L'Eclisse (1962). Haynes made the connection to Vitti in the scene where
Therese develops her photograph of Carol asleep, with a lock of hair on
her cheek. The style and position of Carol’s hair is similar to that of
a sleeping Vittoria in a scene from the Italian film.
“We spent the whole night talking things over. And for what? I’m so tired and depressed. Disgusted and confused. What can I say? There are times when holding a needle and thread, or a book, or a man - it’s all the same.”