Architecture of Vision Writings and Interviews on Cinema

ISBN-10: 0226021149
ISBN-13: 9780226021140
Edition: 2007
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Description: "A filmmaker is a man like any other; and yet his life is not the same. . . . This is, I think, a special way of being in contact with reality." Or so says Michelangelo Antonioni, the legendary filmmaker behind the stark landscapes and social  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 430
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

"A filmmaker is a man like any other; and yet his life is not the same. . . . This is, I think, a special way of being in contact with reality." Or so says Michelangelo Antonioni, the legendary filmmaker behind the stark landscapes and social alienation of "Blow-Up" and "L'Avventura", who here reveals his idiosyncratic relationship with reality in "The Architecture of Vision". Through autobiographical sketches, theoretical essays, interviews, and conversations with such luminaries as Jean-Luc Godard and Alberto Moravia, this compelling volume explores the director's unique brand of narrative-defying cinema as well as the motivations and anxieties of the man behind the camera. ""The Architecture of Vision" provides a filmmaker's absorbing reflections and insights on his career. . . . Antonioni's comments . . . deepen and humanize a sometimes cerebral book."--"Publishers Weekly" " " "[Antonioni's] erudition is astonishing . . . few of his peers can match his verbal articulateness."--"Film Quarterly" " " "This valuable resource offers entree to material difficult to gain access to under other circumstances."--"Library Journal"

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in Italy in 1912, graduated from the University of Bologna, studied cinema in Rome, and started out in films as a critic and screenwriter. When he made his first feature films in the 1950s, he broke away from the neo-realism then in vogue in Italy. Rather, in a rigorously disciplined style, he explored the interior states of the isolated men and women in such films as La Notte (1960), L'Eclipse (1961), and The Red Desert (1964). Although Antonioni's films are usually about the prosperous classes, his only social criticism is oblique. 'Avventura (1959), his sixth film, established his fame internationally as an original artist. His English-language films are Blow-Up (1966), set in mod London, and Zabriskie Point (1970), an apocalyptic vision of contemporary American youth and its politics. His last notable film is The Passenger (1975).

Preface to the American edition
Preface to the first edition
The Gaze and the Story
My Cinema
My Experience
Making a Film is My Way of Life
Actors and Paradoxes
A Talk with Antonioni on His Work
Reflections on the Film Actor
The Event and the Image
Reality and Cinema Verite
Preface to Six Films
My Films
Attempted Suicide: Suicides in the City
The Girlfriends: Loyalty to Pavese
L'avventura: The Adventures of L'avventura
Red Desert: My Desert
The White Forest
Blow up: It was born in London, but it is not an English film
Zabriskie Point: What This Land Says to me
A Conversation about Zabriskie Point
Chung Kuo. Cina: Is it still possible to film a documentary?
China and the Chinese
The Passenger. The "Passenger" that you didn't see
Antonioni on the Seven-Minute Shot
The Mystery of Oberwald: Almost a confession
Interviews
A Conversation with Michelangelo Antonioni
An Interview with Michelangelo Antonioni
Apropos of Eroticism
I Am Tired of Today's Cinema
The World Is outside the Window
Myself and Cinema, Myself and Women
The History of Cinema Is Made on Films
Profession Against
Ten Questions
Conversation
Identification of a Filmmaker
Interviews on Films
Story of a Love Affair
The Vanquished
L'avventura
La notte
The Eclipse
Red Desert
The Night, the Eclipse, the Dawn
The American Desert
Zabriskie Point
The American Experience
A Constant Renewal
Talking of Michelangelo
Antonioni Discusses The Passenger
An in-Depth Search
The Director and Technology
A Film Based on Conflict
Identification of a Woman
My Method
Interview
About the Author
Filmography
Selected Bibliography
Index

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