07.31.07

“Blow Up”‘s Michelangelo Antonioni, RIP

Posted in Cinema, General, The Mailbag at 10:39 am by

The following note regarding the passing of director Michelangelo Antonioni comes to us courtesy of Tim Cook :

Wow, two titans of world seeneemah gone in 24 hrs. I’ll have a good thought today for Kon Ichikawa, 92, Eric Roemer, 87, and the relatively young Jean Luc-Goddard, 77. Hang in there, guys!

It can be said that Antonioni made two or three of the greatest films I ever saw, “L’avventura” and “The Passenger”, even if “meaning” was often dangled at the end of every dazzling shot, and just as often denied, it was replaced some of the most incredible tracking shots and in-frame compositions on offer in cinema.

This is from the “Zabriskie Point” imdb page:

“Remembering the scoring sessions for this film, members of Pink Floyd later commented that Michelangelo Antonioni was very difficult to please, offering vague comments like (quoting the bandmembers, mimicking Michelangelo Antonioni ‘s accent) ‘Eets nice, but too slow’ or ‘Eets a leetle bit too soft.’”

Those guys should’ve been fetching coffee, but they’d prob’ly screw that up, too.

4 Responses to ““Blow Up”‘s Michelangelo Antonioni, RIP”

  1. g00blar says:

    Those comments don’t sound that vague to me!

  2. Joel Hunt says:

    aw, RIP. John Fahey’s probably punching him out in heaven right now.

  3. Chris says:

    Pink Floyd sucked. Antonioni did not.

  4. Jason Cohen says:

    Claude Hooper Bukowski/finds that it’s groovy to hide in a movie…

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