Jul 31, 2007
Michelangelo Antonioni 1912-2007
Michelangelo Antonioni’s films gave his actors a chance to breathe. Performers such as Jack Nicholson and Monica Vitti, who were known for their strong personas and alluring charisma, showed new depth when given the opportunity to wander through his universe. Antonioni could give you a mystery, as in Blow-up (1966) and L’avventura (1960), and smoothly push it into the background as he found larger riddles which could never be solved and which overwhelmed the traditional concept of plot and story. His instinctive style was inimitable and wholly his own. The perfect farewell to this master of filmmaking is in the final scenes of L’Eclisse (1962); a montage of empty streets, buildings and objects which once formed a background for a pair of lovers, but now seem to deny that they ever existed. It is bleak, serene and beautiful, and it is pure Antonioni.