- The Topology of Disappearance: Michelangelo Antonioni
|Synopsis||Set against Rome’s modern residential district, EUR built during the Facist regime, the film connects the encounter and departure of two lovers, Vittoria and Piero with the sensibilities of the location. Where silence suddenly overrules the explosive movements and noise of the stock market, and empty meeting places where people have disappeared by vanishing or being absorbed, such innovative expressions whereby the background and not the narrative define people’s relationships have influenced many films later on. |
Michelangelo ANTONIONI 미켈란젤로 안토니오니Born in Ferrara, Italy in 1912. After studying Economics, he worked as a film journalist until he shot the Neorealism-influenced documentary People of the Po Valley (1947). His first feature-length film, Story of a Love Affair (1950) was his first step into a body of work that focused on the alienation, loneliness and the rupture in relationships of the Italian middle-class. He introduced an original format to explore the psychology of humans experiencing existential conflict that came with the rapidly shifting post-war social values. L'Avventura that was showcased at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival shocked the world with its new approach that destroy narrative structures, signaling the beginning of the 1960s modern cinema. After the success of his "alienation trilogy" including L'Avventura, The Night (1961) and The Eclipse (1962), and Red Desert (1964), Blow-Up (1966) marks a shift in his career as he started shooting films outside of Italy and stepped up as the leading cineaste of Modernism. He passed away at the age of 94 in 2007.