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FILM Fellini La Dolce Vita 1960


La Dolce Vita

The Magic Widow 6 November 2015 ~ film blog by Kristoffer T notable for the quality film stills

the cinematography of la Dolce vita: that’s deep, man

Brandon W. Irvines’ Underplex film blog, 20 June 2013 ~ always plenty of stills

La Dolce Vita: Lessons not learned

Kate Fitzpatrick, Brattle Theatre Film Notes, 24 June 2103

Search Brattle for other La Dolce Vita posts.


February 26, 2017 Posted by | Antonioni, film, film directors, La Dolce Vita [1960] | , | Leave a comment

FILM ANTONIONI L’ Avventura in 3 images

September 4, 2012 Posted by | Antonioni, film, film still, L'Avventura | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM Antonioni [from blog The Film Sufi]

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.

May 30, 2012 Posted by | Antonioni, Michelangelo Antonioni | , | Leave a comment

FILM ESSAY ANTONIONI L’Avventura (1961) [from blog The Film Sufi]

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.

May 28, 2012 Posted by | Antonioni, Film blog - The Film Sufi, L'Avventura, La Notte [1961], Red Desert [1964], Red Dsert [1964] | , , , , | Leave a comment

FILM ANTONIONI Barthes: “. ..vigilance, wisdom and fragility.”

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.

Picked out Laura Rascaroli and John David Rhodes, ‘INTERSTITIAL, PRETENTIOUS, ALIENATED, DEAD: Antonioni at 100’, in Rascaroli and Rhodes (eds), Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI/Palgrave, 2011).

This is the intro essay by the editors in the collection.

The story is the screening of L’Aventura [1960] 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.

Following paragraph:

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.

May 24, 2012 Posted by | Antonioni | , | 1 Comment


English translation by Louis Brigante of script by, Michelangelo Antonioni,
Elio Bartolini, and of Tonino Guerra



August 29, 2010 Posted by | Antonioni, L'Aventura | , | Leave a comment