Antonioni is very fond of puppet making and architecture, and started drawing since teenage. He persisted even after his stroke at the age of 73. An art lover, Antonioni majored in economics in university. He also had a flare for tennis. The director officially started learning about film production when he was 29, prior to that he had written 147 film reviews. His writings are known for being sharp and to the point. He mainly wrote reviews on films about Fascist politics, he would analyse on the themes, interpretation and cinematography techniques alike. When Antonioni studied film in Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, he started using 35mm camera and finished a short film in no time. The director was called to the army three months later, as the sergeant of the communication team. He even made time to write screenplay in the evenings during his service in the army – Antonioni’s passion for film is absolutely undeniable.
Text: Marjorie Yau | Translation: dilettante
Photo Courtesy: Taschen
Update: 9 Apr 2009
《MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI — THE COMPLETE FILMS》
BY SEYMOUR CHATMAN
DIFINING MODERNITY — MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI