|DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, SHORT STORY WRITER (ITALY)|
BORN 29 Sep 1912, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna - DIED 30 Jul 2007, Roma, Lazio|
GRAVE LOCATION Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna: Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa (Area Nuova Nord Est, 0121)
Michelangelo Antonioni came from a family of landowners in Ferrara. He was a very good violinist as a child and have a concert when he was nine years old. He studied economics at Bolgna University. In 1935 he became a film journalist for the newspaper Il Corriere Padano in Ferrara. In 1940 he went to Rome, where he worked for the fascist film magazine "Cinema" that was edited by Vittorio Mussolini. But he was soon dismissed. He started studying film technique but had to join the army soon afterwards. In 1942 he wrote "Un pilota ritorna" ("A Pilot Returns") together with Rroberto Rosselini and others. In 1943 he worked in France for Marcel Candé on "Les visiteurs du soir".
In 1950 his first full-length film "Cronaca di un amore" was released. Further films followed in which he depicted the middle classes. "L'avventura" (1960) as an international succes and in "La Notte" (1961) Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianno appeared. "L'Eclisse" (192) with Alain Delon followed. These three films were seens as a trilogy social alienation. His lover Monica Vitti played in "Il deserto rosso" (1964).
Several english spoken films followed including "The Passenger" (1975) with Jack Nicholson. In 1985 he suffered a stroke after which he couldn't speak. But he continued to work and in 1995 "Al di là delle nuvole" ("Beyond the Clouds") was released with Wim Wenders as co-director. In 1994 he received a Honorary Academy Award. He died in 1994 in Rome on the same day as Ingmar Bergman.
Michelangelo Antonioni - Wikipedia