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Michelangelo Antonioni

Data di nascita: 29. Settembre 1912
Data di morte: 30. Luglio 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni è stato un regista, sceneggiatore, montatore, scrittore, pittore e critico cinematografico italiano, tra i maggiori cineasti della storia del cinema.

Autore di riferimento del cinema moderno, fin dall'esordio nel 1950 con Cronaca di un amore, pellicola che «segna la fine del neorealismo e la nascita di una nuova stagione del cinema italiano», Antonioni ha firmato alcune delle pagine più intense e profonde del cinema degli anni sessanta e settanta.

In particolare, tra il 1960 e il 1962, grazie alla sua celebre "trilogia dell'incomunicabilità", composta dai tre film in bianco e nero L'avventura, La notte e L'eclisse , considerati a buon diritto le prime opere cinematografiche che affrontano i moderni temi dell'incomunicabilità, dell'alienazione e del disagio esistenziale, Antonioni riesce a «rinnovare la drammaturgia filmica» e a creare un forte «smarrimento» tra pubblico e critica, che accolgono queste opere «formalmente molto innovative» in «maniera contrastante».

Con i successivi Il deserto rosso e Blow-Up si consacra definitivamente all'attenzione internazionale vincendo i più prestigiosi Festival cinematografici. Negli anni settanta prosegue la sua ricerca sulla «crisi della modernità», con opere discusse e innovative quali Zabriskie Point del 1970 e Professione: reporter del 1975 .

Frasi Michelangelo Antonioni

„I always have motives, but I forget them.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: It's very difficult to explain what I do. It is much more instinctive than you realize; much, much more. … the reasons that make me interested in a subject are, how shall I say, fickle. Many times I have chosen, among three stories, one for reasons that are entirely accidental: I get up and think this one will be stupendous because the night before I had a certain dream. Or perhaps I put it better by saying that I had found inside myself reasons why this particular story seems more valid. … I always have motives, but I forget them.

„I rarely feel the desire to reread a scene the day before the shooting. Sometimes I arrive at the place where the work is to be done and I do not even know what I am going to shoot.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Cahiers du Cinema (1960)
Contesto: I rarely feel the desire to reread a scene the day before the shooting. Sometimes I arrive at the place where the work is to be done and I do not even know what I am going to shoot. This is the system I prefer: to arrive at the moment when shooting is about to begin, absolutely unprepared, virgin. I often ask to be left alone on the spot for fifteen minutes or half an hour and I let me thoughts wander freely.

„We are saddled with a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science. Scientific man is already on the moon, and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: We are saddled with a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science. Scientific man is already on the moon, and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer. Hence this upset, this disequilibrium that makes weaker people anxious and apprehensive, that makes it so difficult for them to adapt to the mechanism of modern life. … We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts, and we no longer know what they mean. In the future — not soon, perhaps by the twenty-fifth century — these concepts will have lost their relevance. I can never understand how we have been able to follow these worn-out tracks, which have been laid down by panic in the face of nature. When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them.

„The photographer in Blow-Up, who is not a philosopher, wants to see things closer up. But it so happens that, by enlarging too far, the object itself decomposes and disappears.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

On his film Blow-Up, as quoted in Michelangelo Antonioni : The Complete Films (2004) edited by Seymour Chatman and Paul Duncan, p. 113
Contesto: The photographer in Blow-Up, who is not a philosopher, wants to see things closer up. But it so happens that, by enlarging too far, the object itself decomposes and disappears. Hence there's a moment in which we grasp reality, but then the moment passes. This was in part the meaning of Blow-Up.

„You mustn't ask me to explain everything I do. I can't. That's that.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: You mustn't ask me to explain everything I do. I can't. That's that. How can I say why at a certain moment I needed this. How can I explain why I needed a confusion of colors?

„This was in part the meaning of Blow-Up.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

On his film Blow-Up, as quoted in Michelangelo Antonioni : The Complete Films (2004) edited by Seymour Chatman and Paul Duncan, p. 113
Contesto: The photographer in Blow-Up, who is not a philosopher, wants to see things closer up. But it so happens that, by enlarging too far, the object itself decomposes and disappears. Hence there's a moment in which we grasp reality, but then the moment passes. This was in part the meaning of Blow-Up.

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„I want my characters to suggest the background in themselves, even when it is not visible.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: I want my characters to suggest the background in themselves, even when it is not visible. I want them to be so powerfully realized that we cannot imagine them apart from their physical and social context even when we see them in empty space.

„You must be painter who takes a canvas and does what he likes with it.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: You must be painter who takes a canvas and does what he likes with it. We are more like painters in past centuries who were ordered to paint frescoes to specific measurements. Among the people in the fresco may be a bishop, the prince's wife, etc. The fresco isn't bad simply because the painter used for models people from the court of the prince who ordered and paid for it.

„Everything depends on what you put in front of the camera, what perspectives you create, contrasts, colors.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: Everything depends on what you put in front of the camera, what perspectives you create, contrasts, colors. The cameraman can do great things, provided he is well grounded technically. If a person hasn't the raw material, I obviously couldn't do anything with him. But all I ask of a cameraman is technical experience. Everything else is up to me. I was amazed to find that in America cameramen are surprised that this is the way I work.

„She isn't my wife, really. We just have some kids.
No. No kids. Sometimes, though, it feels as if we had kids.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Thomas (David Hemmings) to Jane (Vanessa Redgrave) in Blow-Up (1966)
Contesto: She isn't my wife, really. We just have some kids.
No. No kids. Sometimes, though, it feels as if we had kids.
She isn't beautiful, she's just easy to live with.
No, she isn't. That's why I don't live with her.

„When a scene is being shot, it is very difficult to know what one wants it to say, and even if one does know, there is always a difference between what one has in mind and the result on film.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: When a scene is being shot, it is very difficult to know what one wants it to say, and even if one does know, there is always a difference between what one has in mind and the result on film. I never think ahead of the shot I'm going to make the following day because if I did, I'd only produce a bad imitation of the original image in my mind. So what you see on the screen doesn't represent my exact meaning, but only my possibilities of expression, with all the limitations implied in that phrase. Perhaps the scene reveals my incapacity to do better; perhaps I felt subconsciously ironic toward it. But it is on film; the rest is up to you.

„I think people talk too much; that's the truth of the matter. I do. I don't believe in words. People use too many words and usually wrongly. I am sure that in the distant future people will talk much less and in a more essential way.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Encountering Directors interview (1969)
Contesto: I think people talk too much; that's the truth of the matter. I do. I don't believe in words. People use too many words and usually wrongly. I am sure that in the distant future people will talk much less and in a more essential way. If people talk a lot less, they will be happier. Don't ask me why.

„My work is like digging, it's archaeological research among the arid materials of our times.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

On Zabriskie Point (1970) in Esquire (August 1970)
Contesto: My work is like digging, it's archaeological research among the arid materials of our times. That's how I understand my first films, and that's what I'm still doing...

„The moment always comes when, having collected one's ideas, certain images, an intuition of a certain kind of development — whether psychological or material — one must pass on to the actual realization.“

—  Michelangelo Antonioni

Cahiers du Cinema (1960)
Contesto: The moment always comes when, having collected one's ideas, certain images, an intuition of a certain kind of development — whether psychological or material — one must pass on to the actual realization. In the cinema, as in the other arts, this is the most delicate moment — the moment when the poet or writer makes his first mark on the page, the painter on his canvas, when the director arranges his characters in their setting, makes them speak and move, establishes, through the compositions of his various images, a reciprocal relationship between persons and things, between rhythm of the dialogue and that of the whole sequence, makes the movement of the camera fit in with the psychological situation. But the most crucial moment of all comes when the director gathers from all the people and from everything around him every possible suggestion, in order that his work may acquire a more spontaneous cast, may become more personal and, we might even say — in the broadest sense — more autobiographical.

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