Michelangelo Antonioni

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Michelangelo Antonioni began writing about film as a student at Bologna University, mercilessly criticizing the fatuous Italian comedies of the 1930s. In 1940, he studied direction at the Centro Sperimentale di ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1912 in Ferrara, IT

Filmography

Writer (28)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

(from short story collection: Dead Bowling Alley on the Tiber/"The Dangerous Thread of Things") (Source Material)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("The Dangerous Thread of Things") (Screenplay)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

from short story collection("Bowling on the Tiber") (From Story)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Red Desert 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Red Desert 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Identification of a Woman 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Identification of a Woman 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mystery of Oberwald 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Passenger 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zabriskie Point 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Zabriskie Point 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blow-Up 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Eclisse 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Eclisse 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

Le Amiche 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Avventura 1961 (Movie)

(From Story)

L' Avventura 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Notte 1960 (Movie)

(From Story)

La Notte 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Grido 1957 (Movie)

(From Story)

Il Grido 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Camille Without Camellias 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

Camille Without Camellias 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(("Tentato Suicidio"--"When Love Fails")) (From Story)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Vanquished 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Vanquished 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (18)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("The Dangerous Thread of Things") (Director)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Desert 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Identification of a Woman 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mystery of Oberwald 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Passenger 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Zabriskie Point 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Blow-Up 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

I Tre Volti 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Eclisse 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Amiche 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Avventura 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

La Notte 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Il Grido 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Camille Without Camellias 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Vanquished 1952 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

Coração Vagabundo 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

For Me, to Make a Film Is to Live 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Editor (3)

Identification of a Woman 1982 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Mystery of Oberwald 1980 (Movie)

electronic editor (Editor)

The Passenger 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)
Production Management (1)

Les Visiteurs du soir 1947 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

Michelangelo Antonioni began writing about film as a student at Bologna University, mercilessly criticizing the fatuous Italian comedies of the 1930s. In 1940, he studied direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and two years later co-wrote the scenario for "Un piloto ritorna" with director Roberto Rossellini before working as an assistant director on films directed by Enrico Fulchignoni and Marcel Carne. His first directorial effort was a documentary, "Gente del Po", begun in 1943 and completed in 1947. For two other documentaries in the late 40s he solicited music from Giovanni Fusco, initiating and cementing a collaboration with the man whose scores would enhance his own pessimism in eight films.

Relationships

Elisabetta Antonioni

Mother

Ismaele Antonioni

Father

Letizia Balboni

Wife
married 1942 divorced

Enrica Fico

Wife
met in 1972 married 1986 born c. 1953

EDUCATION

University of Bologna

Bologna 1935
helped found a student theater company; attempted to make first film

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

1940
attended for a brief three months but made a short documentary

University of Bologna

Bologna 1935
helped found a student theater company; attempted to make first film

Milestones

1995

His wife directed a documentary "For Me, to Make a Film Is to Live" chronicling the making of "Beyond the Clouds"

1995

Returned triumphantly to form directing "Beyond the Clouds"; Wim Wenders directed linking sequences (including a prologue and epilogue)

1995

Presented with honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement

1992

Completed the documentary short, "Noto - Mandorli - Vulcano - Stromboli - Carnevale/Volcanoes and Carnival"

1985

Suffered heart attack that left him partially paralyzed

1982

Last film for a decade, "Identificazione di una donna/Identification of a Woman"

1975

"The Passenger", starring Jack Nicholson, brought renewed critical recognition and some degree of commercial success

1969

Directed only US film, "Zabriskie Point"

1966

First English-language film, "Blow-Up", made in Great Britain; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

1964

Used color film for first time in "Il deserto russo/The Red Desert"

1960

Achieved new level of international recognition and success with his "L'Avventura"

1958

Worked as uncredited co-director on "La tempesta" (Alberto Lattuada) and "Nel segno di Roma" (Guido Brignone)

1957

Directed Monica Vitti on stage in "I Am a Camera"

1955

"Le amici/The Girlfriends" widely agreed to be director's first truly outstanding achievement

1955

Sole producing credit, Nicolo Ferrari's "Uomini in piu"

1950

Feature film directing debut (also co-screenwriter; from story), "Cronaca di un Amore/Story of a Love Affair"

1942

Worked as a translator of French literature

1941

Worked as assistant director on Enrico Fulchignoni's "I due Foscari" and in France on Marcel Carne's "Les visiteurs du soir"

1941

First film as co-screenwriter, "Un piloto ritorna"; director and co-screenwriter was Roberto Rossellini

1940

Began writing for magazine Cinema, fired for political reasons after only a few months; magazine's director was Mussolini's son Vittorio

1939

Moved to Rome

1935

Worked in bank

1935

Wrote for newspaper, Il Corriere Padano in Ferrara

Directed and wrote 11 short films; debut, "Gente del Po" (shot in 1943, completed 1947)

While at university began first documentary (shot in an insane asylum); later abandoned

Served in Italian army; sneaked out of camp to work with Fulchignoni and contrived trip to Paris to work with Marcel returning to Italy when military leave expired

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