September 29, 2012

In a fog

Filed under: Uncategorized — jchatoff @ 12:22 am
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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.’



  1. Bono fortuna. Thank god for Italians


    Comment by avery zia — September 29, 2012 @ 6:58 am | Reply

  2. nonsense! “romantic existentialism”… no such thing
    Otherwise I agree with both you and Ingmar Bergman.


    Comment by GALYA TARMU — September 30, 2012 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  3. “Funny?” How about scary? Me, I need subtitles but I enjoyed the arty photography.


    Comment by Carol — September 30, 2012 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

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