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 Posted:   Jun 8, 2013 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

1. LA NOTTE
2. IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN
3. BLOW-UP
4. L'AVVENTURA
5. THE PASSENGER

Runners-up would include the uncharacteristically gritty IL GRIDO and two of the Monica Vitti films THE RED DESERT and L'ECLISSE. His first feature STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR from 1950 is an early and interesting look at Italian post-war dolce vita.

 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

My favorite of all is L'ECLISSE. (love that 7-minute finale with Fusco at his most atonal).

Other faves include:

2) RED DESERT
3) BLOW-UP
4) L'AVVENTURA
5) LA NOTTE
6) THE PASSENGER

 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2013 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • L'AVVENTURA
  • L'ECLISSE
  • RED DESERT
  • BLOW-UP
  • THE PASSENGER

    My runners-up would be LA NOTTE and IL GRIDO. L'ECLISSE and BLOW-UP are the pinnacles of his achievement for me; I never tire of them.

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     Posted:   Jun 9, 2013 - 1:45 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Antonioni is one of my favourite directors. I'm only missing a few short films to have seen it all.

    1. PROFESSIONE REPORTER
    2. BLOW UP
    3. L'AVVENTURA
    4. CHUNG KUO - CHINA
    5. L'ECLISSE

     
     Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 5:47 PM   
     By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

    Janus Films has released a new trailer for legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's classic film L'avventura (1960), starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. The trailer is for a new 35mm restoration of the film which will be screened at New York's Film Forum from Friday, July 12 through Thursday, July 25.

    The newly restored 35mm print of L'Avventura was created from a restoration negative courtesy of Cinématographique Lyre, Mediaset, and CINETECA NAZIONALE-Fondazione Scuola Nazionale di Cinematografia.

    http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11542

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 3:05 AM   
     By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

    I think the only one I might have seen is "Blow-Up", but I thought it was great!!

    Unless... "L'Avventura" is the strange black and white film I saw about 20 years ago about the people vacationing on the island, in which case I enjoyed that too. Is that the one I'm thinking of? It was a Criterion Laserdisc box set, I believe.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 4:24 AM   
     By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

    I've only seen Blow-Up. The first time I ever saw pubes at the cinema (so that's what girls look like nakedsmile) There really should be a great looking Blu out by now.

    In David Hemmings' great biography, Blow-Up & Other Exaggerations, he talks about his screen test. He (& everyone else) thought that Terence Stamp had got the part (& so did Terence), but he was called in for a test & saw the director shaking his head while he was acting (as if to say, this is terrible), he met up with a mate afterwards & said that was no way he'd got the job. To his surprise he got a recall for another test, & the same thing happened. The next thing, he's got the part & doesn't know what's going on! It's not 'till he was filming that he found out that Antonioni had some nerve damage in his neck & shook his head most of the time.

     
     Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 10:09 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)



    Unless... "L'Avventura" is the strange black and white film I saw about 20 years ago about the people vacationing on the island, in which case I enjoyed that too. Is that the one I'm thinking of? It was a Criterion Laserdisc box set, I believe.


    That sounds like it. Of course, that's just the beginning of "the adventure." smile

     
     Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 1:03 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)



    Unless... "L'Avventura" is the strange black and white film I saw about 20 years ago about the people vacationing on the island, in which case I enjoyed that too. Is that the one I'm thinking of? It was a Criterion Laserdisc box set, I believe.


    That sounds like it. Of course, that's just the beginning of "the adventure." smile


    No doubt it is L'AVVENTURA.

    (BTW, Mark, how did your last name alter from "Young" to Y?)

     
     Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 1:49 PM   
     By:   Michaelware   (Member)

    The passenger

     
     Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    (BTW, Mark, how did your last name alter from "Young" to Y?)

    Easily done in "Edit Profile." I was originally "Broadway Mark" until there was a discussion here that we should all be more upfront about our real identities (it had something to do with another forum which was proud about its many links to bootleg recordings. I can't remember how that led to the controversy about anonymous handles and real names. Anyway....) Recently, I decided to change it "Mark R.Y." to fall in line with my use of that handle in the other forums I belong to.

     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 5:34 PM   
     By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

    French label Carlotta Films will release on Blu-ray legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche a.k.a Femmes entre elles (1955), starring Eleonora Rossi Drago, Valentina Cortese, Yvonne Furneaux, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ettore Manni, Madeleine Fischer, and Franco Fabrizi. The release will be available for purchase in France on September 18th.

    On September 4th, Carlotta Films will also release on DVD Luigi Comencini's Bread, Love and Dreams a.k.a Pain, amour et fantaisie (1953), starring Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, and Marisa Merlini, while on September 18th the French label will release Michelangelo Antonioni's The Mystery of Oberwald a.k.a Le Mystère d'Oberwald (1980), starring Monica Vitti, Paolo Bonacelli, and Franco Branciaroli.

    Note: Le Amiche is already available on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Eureka Entertainment.

    http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11558

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 1:13 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Neither LE AMICHE nor THE MYSTERY OF OBERWALD are particularly good, IMO. Here's my earlier thread on the former:

    http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=77391&forumID=1&archive=0

    But I would like to see all Antonioni films released in the best format possible, so that's good news. I wish someone restored his beautiful CHINA documentary.

     
     Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 4:10 AM   
     By:   First Breath   (Member)

    Antonioni is one of my favourite directors. I'm only missing a few short films to have seen it all.

    1. PROFESSIONE REPORTER
    2. BLOW UP
    3. L'AVVENTURA
    4. CHUNG KUO - CHINA
    5. L'ECLISSE


    What do you think of the music selection to Identification Of A Woman? TD, Steve Hillage, John Foxx, OMD, Japan...

    A real pity no album was ever released.

     
     Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 4:27 PM   
     By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



    Lorber and Raro Video have officially announced that they will release Michelangelo Antonioni's three-episode I vinti a.k.a. The Vanquished (1953) in a splendid new Blu-ray edition featuring a digitally restored and remastered HD transfer with new and improved English subtitle translations, and packed with a wealth of interesting and informative bonus features. The release will be available for purchase on July 8th.

    Screened at the Venice Film Festival in 1953, I Vinti highlights the talent and sensibility of Michelangelo Antonioni, who would go on to direct some of the world's most lauded films such as L'Avventura and Blow-Up, early in his career. Now Antonioni's exploration of violence set across Europe can be seen in a newly remastered Blu-ray edition.

    Synopsis: Challenging the linear narrative by weaving multiple story lines and exploring a directorial style way ahead of his time, Director Michelangelo Antonioni's unique triptych film, features three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for dubious motives. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don't need it; in the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman's body and tries to profit from the discovery; and in the Italian segment, a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results.

    With elements that serve as a precursor to Blowup, Antonioni explores how modern society can produce nihilistic tendencies in the least likely characters.

    Special Features:
    The original exclusive, uncut and elongated version of the Italian Episode as presented at the 1953 Venice Film Festival
    An interview with the producer, Turi Vasile
    An interview with one of the protagonists, Franco Interlenghi
    An exclusive rare short film by Michelangelo Antonioni: Tentato Suicidio (23 min, 1953), an episode from L'Amore in Citta
    A fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film
    Director biography and filmography
    Digitally Restored and Remastered / New and improved English subtitle translation

    http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14272

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 12:54 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    That's intriguing. Here's my old thread on I VINTI:

    http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=65695&forumID=1&archive=0

    One of those early 'youth rebel' films, and a film that bears little resemblance to his later works. It's very bad.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 1:32 AM   
     By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

    I've only ever seen one, Blow Up. Gosh, all that pubic hair on the screen!

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 1:32 AM   
     By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

    Double post.

     
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