Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fade to Black




Michelangelo Antonioni, 1912-2007
It is unfathomable that two giants of cinema would pass away on the same day.
Michelangelo Antonioni has died. It is almost unfathomable that two giants of cinema of almost the same age would pass away on the same day. Antonioni, like Bergman, was incredibly influential outside of cinema, inspiring reams of essays, books, designs and art pieces. I guess Antonioni was even less commercial than Bergman yet this seemed to only enhance the mythical distance of his films. Though his best known film was probably "Blow Up" I'd suggest "The Passenger" which has one of the most remarkable closing shots you'll see in any movie anywhere, anytime.

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