Michelangelo Antonioni was born 100 years ago today and came very close to joining in the celebration of his centenary – he died just six years ago at the age of 94.
Stephen Holden has written an excellent essay on what he calls Antonioni’s ‘romantic existentialism’ – you can find it archived at the New York Times.
I know I saw most of Antonioni’s movies in the 50s and 70s, but I’m pretty sure I just didn’t get it. ‘Red Desert’ was so mind-numbing I walked out after what seemed like a day or two. So I must have missed this great scene, which now strikes me as both delightful and hilarious.
Reassuring to find that Ingmar Bergman – who died the same day as Antonioni but was five years younger – also found many of MA’s movies boring, though Bergman did like ‘La Notte.’