He graduated in economics at Bologna University, he reached Rome in 1940 where he attended specifical studies at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Cinecittŕ. Here he met some of the artists with whom he cooperated in the next years; among them Roberto Rossellini.
He described himself as a Marxist intellectual, but some authors advance some doubts about his effective adherence to that ideology. In contrast with his contemporaries, including the neorealists and also Federico Fellini, Ermanno Olmi and Pier Paolo Pasolini, whose stories generally dealt with the lives of the working class and the misfits and outcasts of society, Antonioni's most notable films revolved around the elite and the urban bourgeois.
Antonioni was born in Ferrara and educated at the University of Bologna.
Antonioni is knownâ€”especially in his work of the early 1960sâ€”for a unique cinematographic style that often employs lengthy tracking shots that transfix human figures against a barren natural landscape or a scene of urban sterility, or that otherwise emphasize human isolation.
Antonioni's reputation diminished considerably after the 1970s and few of his later films were released in the United States, but in 1994 he received a special Academy Award for his achievement in film.
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