Night falls on the Maestros

Just read Michelangelo Antonioni has died aged 94 on the same day as another cinematic great, Ingmar Bergman, aged 89. A dark day for ‘intellectual cinema’ as the NYT has it. Where has the cinema for the cineastes gone?

I had the pleasure of listening to Antonioni at a press conference at the Venice Film Festival for one of his later films, Beyond the Clouds, with John Malkovich. It was still like nothing else in the festival, even if it wasn’t up there with his greats, and favourites of mine like Blowup, Zabriski Point, or The Red Desert. After receiving a standing ovation, everyone was rapt, intent at gleaning the words of this legendary artist. It was electrifying to be in his presence.

Both directors will be missed.
[via Boing Boing]

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