After Antonioni

Mar 18, 2011

British author and film critic Chris Darke has written an engaging and insightful piece for Sight & Sound in which he assesses the critical and artistic landscape surrounding Michelangelo Antonioni four years after his death. In the article, “Antonioni: The Afterlife,” Darke reflects on the filmmaker’s legacy in a number of ways, among them as a reference point for contemporary directors (as seen in such recent films as Somewhere and The American) and as the subject of Ivo van Hove’s recent theatrical production Antonioni Project, which Darke calls “an ambitious, flawed, but worthwhile experiment in adapting the director’s 1960s ‘trilogy’ of L’avventura, La notte, and L’eclisse to the stage.” He then previews two upcoming books on the Italian director’s films: Murray Pomerance’s Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue: Eight Reflections on Cinema, which focuses on his use of color, and Philippe Garner and David Alan Mellor’s “excellent” monograph on the mod sensation Blow-Up. Darke also playfully muses that it’s only a matter of time before the art world reconstitutes parts of his films as installations: “I await the inevitable gallery show that would consist solely of the finales from L’eclisse, Blow-UpZabriskie Point, and The Passenger, each sequence eminently suited to being shown as an experimental movie in its own right.”