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Michelangelo Antonioni

Antonioni’s Short Films 1947-65

Discover Antonioni’s early documentaries in this fine compilation.

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Total runtime c.111min
English subtitles

Antonioni’s early documentaries, all running to approximately 10 minutes, are the closest he came to neo-realism, though even in his debut, People of the Po Valley (1947) he seems more interested in atmosphere, imagery and ideas than in any pointed narrative. Architecture, urban or rural, ancient or modern, features strongly in N.U. and Seven Reeds, One Suit (1948), The Funicular of Mount Faloria and The Villa of Monsters (1950), and a dry wit enlivens Loving Lie and Superstitions (1949). Finally, the selection includes two segments made for portmanteau films: the documentary Attempted Suicide (1953) from Love in the City, and the fiction Il provino (1965) from Three Faces of a Woman (in partnership with CSC-Cineteca Nazionale).


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