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

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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.

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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…

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