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Antonioni and Robbe-Grillet on Modernism, L’Avventura and Blow-Up

There’s a case to be made for viewing any old film in the theater, but few seem to demand the widescreen format like the work of Michelangelo Antonioni. Every frame of L’Avventura, the first entry in his monumental early 60s trilogy, is unusual and breathtaking in its construction.

In the above video, fellow filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet (screenwriter of Last Year at Marienbad) discusses how Antonioni’s rejection of meaning and a closed-circuit narrative defined the Modernist aesthetic.

Positioning him against the plot heavy Hitchcock, Robbe-Grillet notes the elusiveness of Antonioni’s intentions: “What you see is very clear, but the meaning of the images in constantly problematic…When the audience leaves, the film remains open.”

For his part, Antonioni reflects on his attitude towards form and content, and why the working class presents a richer opportunity for psychological exploration.



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