Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni (mëkālän´jālō äntōnyô´nē), 1912–2007, Italian film director and scriptwriter, b. Ferrara, Italy. In the 1940s he made documentaries that contributed to the development of Italian neorealism. His later feature films, which turned away from neorealism to more personal statements, proved to be controversial among audiences and extremely influential with younger filmmakers. These slow-moving and often enigmatic works deal with the alienation, malaise, and loveless eroticism of modern life, with plot and dialogue often subordinate to visual and aural images. His works include Le Amiche (1955); a trilogy consisting of L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962); The Red Desert (1964), his first color film; Blow-Up (1966), his best-known film; Zabriskie Point (1970), his first American film and a commercial flop; The Passenger (1975); Identification of a Woman (1982); and Beyond the Clouds (1995), based on a book of his short stories.

See C. di Carlo and G. Tinazzi, The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema/Michelangelo Antonioni (tr. 1996, repr. 2007); studies by I. Cameron and R. Wood (rev. ed. 1971), S. Chatman (1985), S. Rohdie (1990), W. Arrowsmith, ed. (1995), and P. Brunette (1998); T. Perry, Michelangelo Antonioni, A Guide for Reference and Resources (1986); E. Antonioni's Making a Film for Me Is Living (film, 1995).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Michelangelo Antonioni: Selected full-text books and articles

Michelangelo Antonioni: An Introduction
Pierre Leprohon; Michelangelo Antonioni; Scott Sullivan.
Simon and Schuster, 1963
Screenplays of Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni.
Orion Press, 1963
Film and the Critical Eye
Dennis DeNitto; William Herman.
Macmillan, 1975
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 16 "L'Avventura (The Adventure)"
Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics
P. Adams Sitney.
University of Texas Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Antonioni's Psychoanalysis of the 'Boom'"
The Contemporary Cinema
Penelope Houston.
Penguin Books, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Michelangelo Antonioni begins on p. 21
The Oxford History of World Cinema
Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Michelangelo Antonioni begins on p. 568
A History of Narrative Film
David A. Cook.
W.W. Norton, 1996 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Michelangelo Antonioni" begins on 612
Camera Obscura, Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson
Richard Allen; Malcolm Turvey.
Amsterdam University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "From the Air: A Genealogy of Antonioni's Modernism" begins on p. 183
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