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Michelangelo Antonioni (born September 29, 1912 in Ferrara, Italy) is an Italian film director, writer and painter.


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.


  • Gente del Po (People of the Po, 1943)
  • Nettezza urbana (Dustmen, 1948)
  • Oltre L'oblio (1948)
  • Roma-Montevideo (1948)
  • L'Amorosa menzogna (1949)
  • Sette cani e un vestito (1949)
  • Bomarzo (1949)
  • Ragazze in Bianco (1949)
  • Superstizione (1949)
  • La villa dei mostri (The House of Monsters, 1950)
  • Cronaca di un amore (Chronicle of a Love, 1950)
  • La Funivia del Faloria (1950)
  • I vinti (The Vanquished, 1952)
  • La signora senza camelie (Camille Without Camellias, 1953)
  • Tentato Suicido (When Love Fails) - episode in Amore in Citta (Love in the City, 1953)
  • Le amiche (The Girl Friends, 1955)
  • Il grido (The Cry, 1957)
  • L'avventura (The Adventure, 1960)
  • La notte (The Night, 1961)
  • L'eclisse (The Eclipse, 1962)
  • Il deserto rosso (Red Desert, 1964)
  • Prefazione - episode in I tre volti (The Three Faces of a Woman, 1965)
  • Blow-Up (1966)
  • Zabriskie Point (1970)
  • Chung Kuo (1972)
  • Professione Reporter (The Passenger, 1975)
  • Il Mistero di Oberwald (The Mystery of Oberwald, 1980)
  • Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman, 1982)
  • Volcanoes and Carnival (1992)
  • Beyond the Clouds (Par Dela Les Nuages, 1995) (co-credited with Wim Wenders)

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Antonioni likes to show how dynamic and exciting business is. The husband here is honest, and treats his wife well; she lies to him and exploits him, being interested only in his money.
Antonioni was born in Ferrara, and went to school at the University of Bologna.
Antonioni clearly suggests that this is a deep part of the malaise felt by his characters, and modern society in general.
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Antonioni was born in Ferrara and educated at the University of Bologna.
Antonioni is known—especially in his work of the early 1960s—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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