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EYE Presents; Michelangelo Antonioni – Il maestro del cinema moderno

One of the most innovative filmmakers of the 20th century

From September 2015 to January 17th 2016, EYE presents an exhibition and film programme about Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007), one of the foremost innovators in film from the last century.

Blow-up 1966
Blow-up 1966

The exhibition contains film fragments. Selection of private documents, film clips, stage photos including from Bruce Davidson (Magnum), press articles, original screenplays and letters (among others Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes, Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Alain Delon, Luchino Visconti and Italo Calvino). And there are several, paintings by Antonioni.

Zabriskie Point 1970
Zabriskie Point 1970

Michelangelo Antonioni, a pioneer of modern cinema, won international fame with films such as Blow-up (1966), Zabriskie Point (1970), and his famous trilogy L’avventura (1960), La notte (1961), and L’eclisse (1962), featuring his favourite actress, the splendid Monica Vitti. Antonioni renewed by the structure of the film to think in terms of the image and less in terms of narrative. He was one of the first film authors who tried to capture the state of mind of characters searching for meaning by framing them in a particular way in a striking mise-en-scène. “Each square centimetre of the image is essential,” asserted Antonioni.

Lavventura 1960

Antonioni was nominated for an Oscar for best director for his public success Blow-Up (1966), a ‘Swinging London’ film about a paranoid fashion photographer and the inability to know the truth. After this success Antonioni was given the opportunity to make the United States Zabriskie Point (1970), a socially critical film that was shot in the desert of Death Valley with a soundtrack include Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. Both films are powerful images in which time the emerging pop culture and social discontent strong step forward. In many of his films Antonioni tried to capture the state of their characters searching for meaning in a striking mise en scène and beautifully framed images.

The Adventure (1960) ranks as a turning point in film history, marking the start of modern cinema. A stylistic perfectionist, he renewed the grammar of film by thinking less in terms of narrative and more in terms of image. Film excerpts projected onto thirteen big exhibition screens show the overpowering visual force of his images. The exhibition also features unique documents, photographs and letters from the Antonioni archive in Ferrara, birthplace of the director.

The exhibition is curated by Dominique Païni in collaboration with Jaap Guldemond, Director of Exhibitions/Curator EYE, with the assistance of Maria Luisa Pacelli (Director, Gallerie d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Ferrara) and Barbara Guidi (Chief curator, Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara).

Exhibition concept by Fondazione Ferrara Arte and Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea-Museo Michelangelo Antonioni di Ferrara, in collaboration with Fondazione Cinetecca di Bologna.

Cronaca di un amore (1950)
La signora senza camelie (1953)
Il grido (1957)
L’avventura (1960)
La notte (1961)
L’eclisse (1962)
Il deserto rosso (1964)
Blow-up (1966)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
Professione: reporter (1974)

The films can be seen in the film theatres of EYE and accompanied by special programmes. In addition, a selection is shown in the Parisienzaal of the FilmHallen.

More information: www.eyefilm.nl
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