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The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema

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“A filmmaker is a man like any other; and yet his life is not the same. . . . This is, I think, a special way of being in contact with reality.” Or so says Michelangelo Antonioni, the legendary filmmaker behind the stark landscapes and social alienation of Blow-Up and L’Avventura, who here reveals his idiosyncratic relationship with reality in The Architecture of Vision.

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Paperback, 430 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by University Of Chicago Press
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Grant
Mar 10, 2014 Grant rated it really liked it
I skipped about ten pages on Story of a Love Affair, a six-page Vanquished magazine writing, and twenty-five pages on The Passenger (as I haven't revisited it recently and won't at any point soon); for all current intents, I'm done.


This book unites Antonioni's defenses/essays of his films with interviews from the 1950s-80s to certain success if some of the content is ultimately redundant. There are numerous editorial oversights, but I think those flaws are eclipsed by intriguing philosophizing a

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James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it liked it
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A volume in a series of works by Antonioni, one of my favorite directors, this consists of articles written by him for various film journals, and interviews with him, both on cinema in general and on his own films. While artists, including directors, are not always articulate about their own works, Antonioni is an exception; although somewhat repetitive, these selections are interesting and shed light on what he was attempting in his films.

Unfortunately, this is very poorly proofread book, almo
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Catherine
Apr 27, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I've always considered Antonioni as quite a cerebral filmmaker, so I was prepared for very irritated and incomprehensible interviews. However, he comes across as very sincere, committed to the art of filmmaking, and more important, to the art of telling a story. He genuinely loved his craft, loved finding new ways to manipulate color and shot, and felt very deeply about the modern and post-modern settings in which he found himself. I don't think you have to see any of his films to enjoy the book ...more
Tiah Keever
Apr 27, 2009 Tiah Keever rated it liked it
I've only read some of it so far, assignments for a class, but I like reading interviews with directors/actors/musicians,etc that I am fond of. Antonioni is cagey and amusing, and a brilliant director so it is nice to read what he has said about his work and whatnot over the years.
William West
Some beautifully written passages. Antonioni addicts such as myself should pick it up.
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