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After World War II (during which he was involved with the underground), Antonioni began making his own short films while continuing to write, including co-authoring Federico Fellini's debut THE WHITE SHEIK (1952) (which, it is rumored, he was to have directed himself). His first feature, STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (1950), won several awards at international film festivals and included early signs of Antonioni's mature style: bleak exteriors, meticulously composed shots and long takes with a moving camera. It also signaled Antonioni's interest in the Italian bourgeoisie which would be his primary focus throughout his Italian features. Subsequent films LE AMICHE (1955) and IL GRIDO (1957) attracted critical attention, but it was L'AVVENTURA (1960) that brought him international fame.
The first in a series of films concerning middle-class alienation and spiritual dislocation, L'AVVENTURA , is a contemplative, austere film virtually without a story. The focus is on the characters and their emotional lives, explored as much through Antonioni's mise-en-scene as through the dialogue. These themes were continued through LA NOTTE (1961) and L'ECLISSE (1962), completing a loose trilogy. He turned to color in RED DESERT (1964) where he pushed the themes of isolation and personal dislocation to the breaking point.
Antonioni made his English language debut with BLOW-UP (1966), set in swinging London, and went stateside for ZABRISKIE POINT (1970) and THE PASSENGER (1975), but returned to Italy for the remainder of his career. In 1985, a heart attack left him partially paralyzed yet he continued making films or preparing film projects until his death in 2007.
– Sean Axmaker
Story of a Love AffairSTORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR is the legendary Michelangelo Antonioni's debut feature, a powerful statement on the delusions and violence sparked by a passionate love. This deeply tragic romance already exhibits the astonishing formal control and penetrating insights into the human condition that would later make...Start your free trial to watch
Il gridoShot in Michelangelo Antonioni's native Po Valley region near Bologna, IL GRIDO focuses on individuals of the common classes rather than the bourgeoisie of his later films. From this humble and unpretentious subject matter, Antonioni fashions a spellbinding motion picture that keenly demonstrates his profound cinematic...Start your free trial to watch
It was about the replacement of old values for materialistic ones, a dark tale of lost love only to be filled by meaningless flings in search of fulfillment. I strongly...
Watch this film and you'll understand why Antonioni is considered a master of cinema. Many of the shots are simply breathtaking, and the narrative has a fascinating symmetry. What seemed...
Antonioni was exploring the malaise of modern life well before L'AVVENTURA made him into an international sensation; personally I prefer this masterpiece more than any of his subsequent films, save...