The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema
by Michelangelo Antonioni edited by Carlo di Carlo, Giorgio Tinazzi and Marga Cottina-Jones introduction by Giorgio Tinazzi preface by Carlo di Carlo and Marga Cottina-Jones
University of Chicago Press, 2007 Paper: 978-0-226-02114-0
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
“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 entrée to material difficult to gain access to under other circumstances.”—Library Journal
Michelangelo Antonioni is an Italian filmmaker who received an Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 1995. He has directed more than thirty films, including L’Avventura, The Passenger, and Blow-Up.
“Antonioni is a sometimes charming, if somewhat reluctant, even contrary subject; he is also endlessly quotable.”
— Robin Lippincott, New York Times
“Somewhat comparable in scope to François Truffaut's classic Hitchcock (1983) and, more redently, Peter Bogdanovich's This Is Orson Welles (1992), 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 entrée to material difficult to gain access to under other circumstances.”
— Library Journal
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents Preface to the American edition by Marga Cottino-Jones Preface to the first edition by Carlo di Carlo
The Gaze and the Story by Giorgio Tinazzi
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 Suicides: 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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