Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007)

First Ingmar Bergman, now Michelangelo Antonioni.

I'll be honest. Antonioni has never been my cup of tea, but he still deserves tribute upon his passing.

While I liked Blow-Up quite a bit, for me watching L'Aventura was like watching paint dry and I thought Zabriskie Point was just silly.

That's the extent of my experiences with Antonioni, so I don't have much to say, but I encourage Antonioni's proponents and detractors to use this post to share their thoughts on him.

To read the AP obit, click here

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My experience with Antonioni doesn't extend much beyond yours, although 1961's La Notte is an interesting film, featuring good performances by Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau. Blow-Up is one of those films I find alternately frustrating and fascinating (the ambiguity doesn't bother me so much as the pacing at certain junctures). Still, it's a provocative film on more than one level, with some truly astonishing sequences.

Gee, it's been a rough week for European cinema...
I'm pretty much the same as you both, although I happen to rather dislike Blow-Up. But, God, could the man point the camera and I suppose while the analytical aspects of his cinema was more interesting than his cinema, itself, the man was unbelievably talented.
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Ah, finally somebody mentions "The Passenger".

The Passenger has been in my GreenCine queue forever, but it's always on long wait and I haven't seen it.
Watch L'Avventura again - originally it bored me, but I caught it again recently, and I've come to the conclusion that beyond being a revolutionary film, it's also an excellent, fascinating and quite a moving one.

I didn't think much of La Notte and I saw Blow-Up as several gorgeous, staggering sequences surrounded by a whole lot of pretence and posturing. But all the same, each of them left me excited to see more of this man's work.

His passing is a major loss.
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