The Film Sufi has 12 posts on Antonioni. For convenience here: Antonioni. The whole set is not in the first scroll. For the final batch click older posts at the bottom.
For film people who like to luxuriate in long posts on film this is the place to go. There are three on Red Desert.
The Art of Memory has a set of visual / audio posts on trains in film. A labour of love.
So far found:
trains in cinema, part 1
pickpocket: footsteps, car loops, train drones and station ambience
Film blog The Film Sufi does a handy essay “L’Avventura” – Michelangelo Antonioni (1960) (posted 17 July 2010)
He or she divides the analysis into 5 sections like five movements in a musical composition
Plenty of stills.
Cinematic Expression in “L’Avventura” (Another Sufi essay on Antonioni)
La Notte (1961), L’Eclisse (1962), Red Desert (1964) also have substantial posts on them here in The Film Sufi.
Nothing more fun that finding yet another film blog. Looking for stuff on Antonioni came across a 20 Feb 2011 in Konagal, Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura.
There are no hard and fast rules about film blogs, but if there were, mine would be put lots of stills to go with the words. Here in a short post, lot’s of them.
To be hungry for other’s views on films watched or/and admired is natural for enthusiastic cinéastes. One of the greatest pleasures is to be reminded of the visual qualities of she film, by visual means, before settling down to read the text. And one of the starter questions can often be why those particular stills have been used. Do they come from a Google search or from a viewing?
A simple search on L’Aventura has a great variety of stills from the film (if you know what you’re looking at…). So, if you’re going to chose 6 stills to represent the film, which do you chose? Funnily enough I’m not putting any in this post but will try to do a stills only for L’Aventura when I find the ones I want.
A short review in Senses of Cinema by Hugo Santander Ferreira [13 March 2011]
There is a freshness to Le Amiche that will always surprise new generations of moviegoers. An early feature by Michelangelo Antonioni, it introduces us to many of the key elements and themes explored in the director’s later, more prestigious works.
* The Girlfriends
World of Wander
Malle, Varda, Akerman, Vigo, and the philosophy of the flâneur film
Livia Bloom, Museum of the Moving Image 4 August 2008
FSFF is doing Antonioni this week.
Looking through the academic papers Catherine has listed the divide between film and what is written about it seems enormous. The density and opacity of jargon-filled texts often seem to bear no relation to a film viewed on screen.
This is the intro essay by the editors in the collection.
The story is the screening of L’Aventura  at the 13th. Cannes Film Festival. The audience hated it.
Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti, director and protagonist of the film, emerged from the projection in tears, devastated by the audience’s scathing reaction, but awoke the following morning to find, hanging from a wall in the hall of their hotel, a typewritten letter of support signed by a long list of directors, technicians, actors and critics (among many others, Roberto
Rossellini, Georges Sadoul, Janine Bazin, Anatole Dauman, André S. Labarthe and Alain Cuny). The short letter read: Conscious of the exceptional importance of Michelangelo Antonioni’s film, L’avventura, and appalled by the demonstrations of hostility it has aroused, the undersigned professionals and critics wish to express all their admiration to the author of this film.
Roland Barthes wrote an open letter, Cher Antonioni, which was read out on 28 January 1980 at a ceremony in which the city of Bologna awarded him a civic honour.
In Michaelangelo: The Investigation by Seymour Chatman and Paul Duncan, Barthe’s letter is described as:
…..a dense and insightful one and one of the most elegant pieces ever written about a film-maker.
There is a 6 part Youtube of a BBC Arena programme, Dear Antonioni…, aired on 18 January 1997, which uses Barthes’ letter to frame an essay on Antonioni. Included amongst the commentators is Alain Robbe-Grillet. Ever try one of his novels? Erk. Note he wrote screenplay for Alain Renais’ Last Year in Marienbad.
Through a Glass Darkly – On Béla Tarr’s Damnation
Another goodie from the May 2012 issue 76 of Brightlights
–Capa and Taro lived, loved and died on the frontline, becoming the most famous war photographers of their time. As a new novel about them is published, we explore their real relationship
Sean O’Hagan, The Observer, Sunday 13 May 2012
Lost Luggage [The Mexican Suitcase] – Adam Marelli
Leading Photographers: Gerda Taro – Amber King
Portrait of Gerda Taro
Gerda Taro in Weimar blog
Gerda Taro in blog En El Camino [On the Road]
Lost photographs brought to light by Olivier Laurent in British Journal of Photography
The Mexican Suitcase = a film by Trisha Ziff [promotion] [see details in story tab]
The Mexican Suitcase - International centre of Photography [ Gallery of photographs by Capa, Taro and Chim]
Brightlights Film Journal
May 2012, Issue 76
An awful lot of interest in this issue. I’ve chosen these three to highlight:
Percolating Paranoia – Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat
Janus B Wager
“Nun-Lust, Torture-Porn, Church-Desecration and Bad Taste” – Reconnecting with Ken Russell’s The Devils
Anthony Perkins – Forever Psycho
Dan Akira Nishimura
Most of The Singing Detective is available on Youtube. For some reason the 6 part series peters out at part 6. But the final section of part 6 can be seen in other versions.
A website called the British Film Resource – no idea who has produced it – has a fairly detailed hypertexty analysis of The Singing Detective, which could be a starting point after the wiki of course.
Clenched Fists (“The official Dennis Potter website”, run by Dave Evans till his death in May 2005) Dennis Potter : The Why of his Doubles and Devices, by Irving B. Harrison, Chapter 4
Chapter 3: The Singing Detective – A Place in Mind, Psychoanalysis and Culture, A Kleinian Perspective (1999) edited by David Bell. (GoogleBook: pp. 63-85, no missing pages)
The Singing Detective is still pitch perfect William Skidelsky, Observer, 12 February 2012
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once upon a Time in Anatolia
Michael Wood, London review of Books, 10 May 2012
Facing the Camera
by Alberto Manguel
–How much does a photograph really capture the essence of a person?
The Cruel Radiance – Photography and Political Violence