A legend of filmmaking, no less, Michelangelo Antonioni challenged moviegoers, raising the questions that would never be answered, holding his shots long to portray a world of self-destructive characters. He might be most widely known for ‘Blowup’, a 1966 drama set in London that became filmmaker’s greatest commercial success. The film was a sensation at the time and is still praised in the artistic circles.
But, perhaps, Antonioni’s true, lasting contribution to cinema is his trilogy—‘L’Avventura’, ‘La Notte’, and ‘L’Eclisse’ which sinks the viewers into the filmmaker’s tormented central vision that people had become emotionally detached from one another. Quite ironic, considering that since 1960s we undeniably progressed down that line, becoming more alone with every new medium, which is supposed to bring us closer. But even more ironic is the fact, that this movie premiere at Cannes Film Festival was booed so ferociously, that Monica Vitti, the star of the film burst into tears.
So yes, Michelangelo Antonioni was a rule breaker, and one of the directors who proves how being disapproved at Cannes can mean you are doing something significant. And it was—not only the influential filmmakers and critics issued a statement of praise the next morning, expressing the exceptional importance of the film, the picture went on to win the festival’s Special Jury Prize and later became an international box-office hit. The next year L’Avventura was named as the second greatest film ever made, by the poll of 70 leading critics from around the world, held by authoritative magazine Sight and Sound.
Antonioni, who died at the age of 94 in 2007 working almost until the very end, has gifted the world with other extraordinary pieces such as “Red Desert’, ‘Zabriskie Point’ and more.
This May Shanghai cinephiles have an opportunity to discover closer the heritage of the great filmmaker with a series of event at Shanghai Film Museum. If you missed the lecture Antonioni, the search of absolute image given by Mario Canale, you can still catch the screenings of iconic films that will go on until May 29th.
但是安东尼奥尼真正在电影界站稳脚跟的是他的影院三部曲：‘情事’（L‘Avventura）, '夜' (La Notte) '蚀' (L'Eclisse)，这三部作品让人们开始重视电影带给他们的娱乐生活，同时也开始追求每个人的独立思考。讽刺的是，从20世纪60年代以来，电影行业每况愈下，更多的新媒介又层出不穷。更为讽刺的是，这部作品在戛纳电影节的首映后群众的唏嘘声不绝于耳，让很多电影明星感到失望。
94岁的他，在2007年离世，他几乎一直工作到他生命的尽头，为这个世界留下了很多特殊的值得纪念的作品，如‘红色沙漠‘(Red Desert) ，’扎布里斯基角(Zabriskie Point)等。