Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Michelangelo Antonioni Dies
Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni, renowned for his 1966 release Blow-Up, has died aged 94.
He gained two Oscar nominations for the iconic release, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award for his life's work in 1995.
Another great Italian director, Mario Monicelli, said Antonioni was "one of the masters of Italian and international cinema".
"He found out how to tell things, emotions, that before him nobody think could ever be told through this mean of expression which is cinema," he said.
Actress Sarah Miles, who appeared in Blow Up, told the BBC World Service's Europe Today that Antonioni was "a rogue and a tyrant and a brilliant man".
"He was all things, as everybody is who has got any great talent. He had his dark side and his light side," she said.
"He invented his own language of cinema - that's what made him very, very inventive," he said. "He didn't owe anything to anybody else. He was a total original."
The first was Blow-Up, in which a photographer appears to have uncovered a murder in his photos.
Shot in London, and starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave, it was his biggest international hit.
Antonioni captured the "flower power" era in 1970, filming Zabriskie Point in California, while Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson starred as a journalist.
Rest In Peace Mr. Antonioni
His 1966 film "Blow-Up" was the basis for Brian DePalma's 1981 film "Blow Out".
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