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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
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
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.
 
 

 
REVIEWS
“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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