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. He continued to occasionally make documentaries throughout his life, e.g., the controversial Chung Kuo—Cina (1973), vignettes of early 1970s China. 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).

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Michelangelo Antonioni: Selected full-text books and articles

Michelangelo Antonioni: An Introduction By Pierre Leprohon; Michelangelo Antonioni; Scott Sullivan Simon and Schuster, 1963
Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue: Eight Reflections on Cinema By Murray Pomerance University of California Press, 2011
Screenplays of Michelangelo Antonioni By Michelangelo Antonioni Orion Press, 1963
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Doubting Thomas Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up By Porcari, George CineAction, No. 90, Winter 2013
Death and Disremembering in Antonioni's Blow-Up and Malerba's Salto Mortale By West, Rebecca Italica, Vol. 87, No. 3, Autumn 2010
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People and Their Places in Antonioni's la Notte By Carr, Jeremy CineAction, No. 93, Spring 2014
The Oxford History of World Cinema By Geoffrey Nowell-Smith Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Michelangelo Antonioni begins on p. 568
Camera Obscura, Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson By Richard Allen; Malcolm Turvey Amsterdam University Press, 2003
Librarian's tip: "From the Air: A Genealogy of Antonioni's Modernism" begins on p. 183
A History of Narrative Film By David A. Cook W.W. Norton, 1996 (3rd edition)
Antonioni and the Place of Modernity: A Tribute By Rascaroli, Laura; Rhodes, John David Framework, Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring 2008
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