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The Architecture of Vision

Writings and Interviews on Cinema

With a Preface by Carlo di Carlo and an Introduction by Giorgio Tinazzi
American Edition also Edited and with a Preface by Marga Cottino-Jones
“A filmmaker is a man like any other; and yet his life is not the same. . . . This is, I think, a special way of being in contact with reality.” Or so says Michelangelo Antonioni, the legendary filmmaker behind the stark landscapes and social alienation of Blow-Up and L’Avventura, who here reveals his idiosyncratic relationship with reality in The Architecture of Vision.

Through autobiographical sketches, theoretical essays, interviews, and conversations with such luminaries as Jean-Luc Godard and Alberto Moravia, this compelling volume explores the director’s unique brand of narrative-defying cinema as well as the motivations and anxieties of the man behind the camera.

The Architecture of Vision provides a filmmaker’s absorbing reflections and insights on his career. . . . Antonioni’s comments . . . deepen and humanize a sometimes cerebral book.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“[Antonioni’s] erudition is astonishing . . . few of his peers can match his verbal articulateness.”—Film Quarterly
 
“This valuable resource offers entrée to material difficult to gain access to under other circumstances.”—Library Journal

430 pages | 6 x 8 1/2 | © 1996, 2007

Biography and Letters

Film Studies

Reviews

“Antonioni is a sometimes charming, if somewhat reluctant, even contrary subject; he is also endlessly quotable.”

Robin Lippincott | New York Times

“Somewhat comparable in scope to François Truffaut’s classic Hitchcock (1983) and, more redently, Peter Bogdanovich’s This Is Orson Welles (1992), The Architecture of Vision provides a filmmaker’s absorbing reflections and insights on his career. . . . Antonioni’s comments . . . deepen and humanize a sometimes cerebral book.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Antonioni’s] erudition is astonishing . . . few of his peers can match his verbal articulateness.”

Film Quarterly

“This valuable resource offers entrée to material difficult to gain access to under other circumstances.”

Library Journal

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface to the American edition by Marga Cottino-Jones
Preface to the first edition by Carlo di Carlo

The Gaze and the Story by Giorgio Tinazzi
My Cinema
My Experience
Making a Film is My Way of Life
Actors and Paradoxes
A Talk with Antonioni on His Work
Reflections on the Film Actor
The Event and the Image
Reality and Cinema Verite
Preface to Six Films
My Films
Attempted Suicides: Suicides in the City
The Girlfriends: Loyalty to Pavese 
L’avventura: The Adventures of L’avventura
Red Desert: My Desert
The White Forest 
Blow Up: It was born in London, but it is not an English film
Zabriskie Point: What This Land Says to me
A Conversation about Zabriskie Point 
Chung Kuo. Cina: Is it still possible to film a documentary?
China and the Chinese
The Passenger: The “Passenger” that you didn’t see
Antonioni on the Seven-Minute Shot
The Mystery of Oberwald: Almost a confession

Interviews
A Conversation with Michelangelo Antonioni
An Interview with Michelangelo Antonioni
Apropos of Eroticism
I Am Tired of Today’s Cinema
The World Is outside the Window
Myself and Cinema, Myself and Women
The History of Cinema is Made on Films
Profession Against
Ten Questions
Conversation
Identification of a Filmmaker
Interviews on Films
Story of a Love Affair
The Vanquished
L’avventura
La notte
The Eclipse
Red Desert 
The Night, the Eclipse, the Dawn
The American Desert
Zabriskie Point
The American Experience
A Constant Renewal
Talking of Michelangelo
Antonioni Discusses The Passenger
An in-Depth Search
The Director and Technology
A Film based on Conflict
Identification of a Woman
My Method
Interview

About the Author
Filmography
Selected Bibliography
Index

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