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Double Feature: Early Antonioni

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Before surprising the world with his venerated “trilogy on modernity and its discontents” — L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L’Eclisse (1962) — Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni had successfully experimented with neorealism and melodrama in films that are now essential to understand the existential preoccupations, restrained emotional landscapes and groundbreaking use of cinematic language that would come to define his signature studies on alienation, and change cinema forever. This double bill takes a closer look at the early work of the godfather of modern cinema.

Il grido

Michelangelo Antonioni United States, 1957

Antonioni’s existential masterpiece signalled his move from experiments with documentary and melodrama to his revered style of striking studies in adult ennui. L’avventura would reveal the artist anew to the world, but Il Grido has all the allure, despondency, and provocation of that famed film.

The Lady Without Camelias

Michelangelo Antonioni France, 1953

Our new double bill takes a close look at the early work of the godfather of modern cinema, Michelangelo Antonioni. The Lady sees the Italian master exquisitely delving into melodrama territory—an essential prelude to the more restrained emotional landscapes of his venerated “trilogy of alienation”.

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