Films by Michelangelo Antonioni at Avvantura Film Festival


Michelangelo Antonioni


Cronaca di un amore (1950) is a Italian drama film starring Lucia Bosè, Massimo Girotti, and Ferdinando Sarmi Despite a neorealist background, the film was not fully compliant with the contemporary Italian neorealism style both in its story and image, featuring upper-class characters portrayed by professional actors. In the film, the camera pans the same street corner in Ferrara, the director’s native city. Cronaca di un amore was Antonioni’s first full length feature film.YouTube

L’Avventura (1960) is about a woman who disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip, and during the subsequent search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. The film is noted for its precise pace, which puts focus on visual composition and character development, as well as for its unusual narrative structure. According to one critic, the film “systematically brings down the filmic codes, practices and structures of its time.” L’Avventura made Monica Vitti an international star. The film was nominated for numerous awards and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. L’Avventura is the first film of a trilogy by Antonioni, followed by La Notte (1961) and Eclipse (1962). 3 reasons L´Avventura on YouTube

La Notte (1961) Italian drama with Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, and Monica Vitti. Filmed on location in Milan, the film is about a day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their deteriorating relationship. In 1961 La Notte received the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the David di Donatello Award for Best Director. La Notte is considered the central film of a trilogy beginning with L’Avventura (1960) and ending with Eclipse (1962).3 reasons La Notte on YouTube

L’eclisse (1962) is a drama with Alain Delon and Monica Vitti. Filmed on location in Rome and Verona, Eclipse is about a young woman who breaks up with an older lover and then has an affair with a confident young stockbroker whose materialistic nature eventually undermines their relationship. The film is considered the last part of a trilogy which was preceded by L’Avventura (1960) and La Notte (1961). Eclipse won the Special Jury Prize at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d’Or.L´Eclisse restoredTrailer

Red Desert (1964) starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris. Written by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, the film is about a woman struggling to hide her mental illness from her husband while trying to survive in the modern world of cultural neurosis and existential doubt. Her relationship with her husband’s business associate helps her confront her isolation. Red Desert was Antonioni’s first color film. Il deserto rosso was awarded the Golden Lion at the 25th Venice Film Festival in 1964. This was the last in a series of four films he made with Vitti between 1959 and 1964.Il Deserto Rosso trailer

Blow-Up (1966) is a film about a photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he may have witnessed a murder and accidentally taken photographs of the killing. It was Antonioni’s first English-language film. The film also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Tsai Chin and Gillian Hills, as well as sixties model Veruschka. The screenplay was written by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra. The film was produced by Carlo Ponti.Carlo Ponti Presents Blow Up trailer

Zabriskie Point (1970), director Michelangelo Antonioni’s only American film, is an unusual, visually stunning examination of youthful rebellion against the Establishment. Antonioni’s nonrealistic approach to American counterculture myths, his loose and sluggish narrative, and the dialogue (credited to Fred Gardner, Sam Shepard, Tonino Guerra, Clare Peploe, and Antonioni) caused Zabriskie Point to be poorly received when it was first released.Zabriskie Point Best of trailer

Il mistero di Oberwald (1981) is a drama film with Monica Vitti, Paolo Bonacelli, and Franco Branciaroli. Based on the 1946 play L’Aigle à deux têtes by Jean Cocteau, the film is about a man who breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the queen but faints before doing so. The man’s physical resemblance to the murdered king leads to a strange turn of events.

Identificazione di una donna (1982) is a Italian drama film written, directed, and edited by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Tomas Milian, Daniela Silverio, and Christine Boisson. The film is about an Italian filmmaker searching for a woman to play the leading role in his next film, and also in his life. Filmed on location in Rome and Venice, Identification of a Woman was awarded the 35th Anniversary Prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.Trailer

SHORT FILMS
Gente del Po (1947.)
N.U. (1948)
L’amorosa menzogna (1949.)
Superstizione (1949.)
Kumbha Mela (1989.)
Roma 90 (1990.)
Sicilia (1997.)