Michelangelo Antonioni once described his work as “archeological research” which sifted through “the arid remains of our times”. If Fellini claimed to treat the past as science fiction, Antonioni gazed deeply into the future already visible in the present (L’Eclisse) or a past which uneasily hung onto a present that had outlived it (L’Avventura). Born in an upper-middle class family in Ferrara in 1912; Antonioni studied economics at the University of Bologna, where he staged works by Luigi Pirandello as well as original work written by himself. Antonioni’s time as a film critic for the Roman Cinema magazine brought him in contact with Cesare Zavattini, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and others. For Rossellini, he would co-write Un pilota ritorna and with Fellini, he collaborated on the screenplay of his first feature The White Shiek.
Antonioni, however, yearned to begin his own career in film. To this end, he enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinemografia… read more
Antonioni has seriously grown on me. When I was first introduced to his work, through La Notte, I was not ready for it and detested it. Since then, it remained in my thoughts and I have gone so far as to watch both L'Avventura and Red Desert, both of which I consider to be great films. I feel that if I were to re-watch La Notte, I think I would enjoy it more. Antonioni is a unique visionary quite unlike any other, one who I now cherish and look forward to seeing more of his films!
not wanting to take the remaining prestige of his previous films, antonioni must be considered a genius because he directed 8 masterpieces in a row : - Il Grido - L'avventura - La Notte - L'eclisse - Il Deserto Rosso - I Tre Volti - Blow-Up - Zabriskie Point