Michelangelo Antonioni - Quotes

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Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing. ---->>>

A scene has to have a rhythm of its own, a structure of its own. ---->>>

When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them. ---->>>

Till now I have never shot a scene without taking account of what stands behind the actors because the relationship between people and their surroundings is of prime importance. ---->>>

You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters. ---->>>

I meant exactly what I said: that we are saddled with a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science. ---->>>

Scientific man is already on the moon, and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer. ---->>>

I mean simply to say that I want my characters to suggest the background in themselves, even when it is not visible. I want them to be so powerfully realized that we cannot imagine them apart from their physical and social context even when we see them in empty space. ---->>>

I am neither a sociologist nor a politician. All I can do is imagine for myself what the future will be like. ---->>>

All the characters in my films are fighting these problems, needing freedom, trying to find a way to cut themselves loose, but failing to rid themselves of conscience, a sense of sin, the whole bag of tricks. ---->>>

When I am shooting a film I never think of how I want to shoot something; I simply shoot it. ---->>>

Normally, however, I try to avoid repetitions of any shot. ---->>>

I began taking liberties a long time ago; now it is standard practice for most directors to ignore the rules. ---->>>

We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts, and we no longer know what they mean.

We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts, and we no longer know what they mean.

In Blow-up I used my head instinctively! ---->>>

I don't want what I am saying to sound like a prophecy or anything like an analysis of modern society... these are only feelings I have, and I am the least speculative man on earth. ---->>>

When a scene is being shot, it is very difficult to know what one wants it to say, and even if one does know, there is always a difference between what one has in mind and the result on film. ---->>>

But, you know, Cronaca isn't more innovative than what comes after. ---->>>


Nationality: Italian
Born: 09-29, 1912
Birthplace: Ferrara, Kingdom of Italy
Die: 06-30, 2007
Occupation: Director

Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (29 September 1912 – 30 July 2007), was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer. Best known for his "trilogy on modernity and its discontents" — L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962), as well as the English-language Blowup (1966), Antonioni "redefined the concept of narrative cinema" and challenged traditional approaches to storytelling, realism, drama, and the world at large (wikipedia)