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Michelangelo Antonioni (1912–2007)

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema. As ... See full bio »


(age 94) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 45 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Blow-Up Writer
L'Avventura Writer
La Notte
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  Two Telegrams (screenplay) (announced)
 2004 Eros (book "Quel Bowling sul Tevere" - segment "The Dangerous Thread of Things") / (screenplay - segment "The Dangerous Thread of Things")
 2004 Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Documentary short) (story)
 1995 Beyond the Clouds (book "That Bowling Alley on the Tiber River") / (screenplay)
 1983 Ritorno a Lisca Bianca (TV Short documentary)
 1982 Identification of a Woman (screenplay) / (story)
 1980 The Mystery of Oberwald (adaptation)
 1975 The Passenger (screenplay)
 1973 Chung Kuo - Cina (Documentary) (concept - uncredited)
 1970 Zabriskie Point (screenplay) / (story)
 1966 Blow-Up (screenplay) / (story)
 1964 Red Desert
 1962 L'Eclisse (scenario and dialogue)
 1961 La Notte (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 L'Avventura (screenplay) / (story)
 1957 Il Grido (idea)
 1955 Le Amiche (screenplay)
 1953 Love in the City (Documentary) (segment "Tentato suicidio")
 1953 I vinti (writer)
 1953 The Lady Without Camelias (screenplay) / (story)
 1952 The White Sheik (story - as M. Antonioni)
 1950 The Funicular of Mount Faloria (Documentary short)
 1950 Story of a Love Affair (screenplay) / (story)
 1949 Bomarzo (Documentary short)
 1949 Lies of Love (Documentary short) (writer)
 1948 Seven Reeds, One Suit (Documentary short) (writer)
 1947 Tragic Hunt
 1947 People of the Po Valley (Documentary short)
 1942 I due Foscari (screenplay)
 1942 A Pilot Returns (screenplay)
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Founded a short-lived theatre company together with Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Sbragia, Luca Ronconi and Virna Lisi. In October 1957 they staged two plays in Rome's Teatro Eliseo, both directed by Antonioni: 1) "Io sono una macchina fotografica" ("I Am a Camera") written in 1951 by John Van Druten (inspired by Christopher Isherwood... See more »

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32 Print Biographies | 15 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

M. Antonioni | Michelangiolo Antonioni


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[on François Truffaut] I think his films are like a river, lovely to see, to bathe in, extraordinarily refreshing and pleasant. Then the water flows and is gone. Very little of the pleasant feeling remains because I soon feel dirty again and need another bath. His images are as powerful as those of Resnais or Godard, but his stories are frivolous. I suppose that's what I object to. René Clair ... See more »


After his death, Antonioni's body lay in state at the City Hall in Rome. His funeral was held in the cathedral of San Giorgio in his home town of Ferrara. He is buried next to his parents in the Certosa cemetary in Ferrara. See more »


Frequently his films are centered around an attractive, damaged (and often adulterous) man and woman who go on a talky journey together which ends ambiguously yet grimly. See more »

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