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Antonioni, Or, the Surface of the World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Publication date November 1, 1985
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780520053410
ISBN-10 0520053419
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Original list price $31.95
Other format details university press
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Discusses the development of the style of the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni and analyzes the themes and techniques of his movies
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Michelangelo Antonioni is one of the great visual artists of the cinema. The central and distinguishing strength of Antonioni's mature films, Seymour Chatman argues, is narration by a kind of visual minimalism, by an intense concentration on the sheer appearance of things and a rejection of explanatory dialogue. Though traditional audiences have balked at the "opacity" of Antonioni's films, it is precisely their rendered surface that is so eloquent once one learns to read it. Not despite, but through, their silences the films show a deep concern with the motives, perceptions and vicissitudes of the emotional life.

This study covers films not dealt with in any other book on the great director, including Il mistero di Obertwald (1980) and Identificazione di una donna (1982), which have not yet been seen in the U.S. Its coverage of the early documentaries and features, when Antonioni was forging his new and original stylistic "language," is especially full.

In a free-ranging analysis of the evolution of Antonioni's style that quotes liberally from Antonioni's own highly articulate writings and interviews, Chatman shows how difficult it was for the filmmaker to liberate his art from the conventional means of rendering narrative, especially dialogue, conventional sound effects, and commentative music. From his first efforts to his triumphant achievements in the tetralogy of L'avventura, L'eclisse, and Il deserto rosso, Antonioni's acute sensibility struggled to achieve the mastery that has won him a secure place in film history.

Chatman's study is the only complete account of Antonioni's work available in English. Its novel visual approach to the films while attract not only film scholars but also readers interested in painting and architecture—both important elements of Antonioni's work.


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from Univ of California Pr (November 1, 1985)
9780520052055 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $85.00
About: Discusses the development of the style of the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni and analyzes the themes and techniques of his movies
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from Univ of California Pr (November 1, 1985)
9780520053410 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $31.95
About: Discusses the development of the style of the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni and analyzes the themes and techniques of his movies

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